NEW YORK, May 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A commission studying
HIV/AIDS issued a list of recommendations Monday for containing the diseasein
New York City, including making condoms more widely available and pushing for
more HIV testing.
In a draft report, the 21-member
commission also called for expanded drug treatment programs and efforts to
reduce the stigma associated with being HIV-positive.
"The commission's draft recommendations will
significantly strengthen our response to the epidemic," said Dr. Scott
Kellerman,the city's assistant commissioner for HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
He noted that New York city is at a critical point in
how to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, adding that though great progress has been
made, much more needs to be done.
New York City is home to 100,000 people living with
HIV/AIDS, or about one in six people living with the disease in the United
States, city health officials said.
About 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with AIDS each
year in the city, and about 1,700 die from it each year.
"Our goal is to drastically reduce the spread of HIV,
significantly improve control of the epidemic in New York City, and provide the
highest quality medical care and support services for people living with
HIV/AIDS. The NYC Commission on HIV/AIDS has made recommendations that, if
implemented, will accomplish this," said an official of the commission.
He invited the public to study the report and comment
on it, saying community input will be critically important as the public health
department continues to develop, refine, and implement strategies to stop the