New Funding for Black, Latinx PLHIV in NYC

New Funding for Black, Latinx PLHIV in NYC

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of HIV (BHIV) has received funding for the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America—Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) to address the inequities suffered by Black and Latinx people living with HIV.

The EHE plan focuses on four strategies: Pillar One: diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible; Pillar Two: treat people with HIV rapidly and effectively to reach sustained viral suppression; Pillar Three: prevent new HIV transmissions by using proven interventions, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and syringe services programs (SSPs); and Pillar Four: respond quickly to potential HIV outbreaks.

With funds from this initiative, BHIV will focus on EHE Pillars Two and Four, treat and respond, by partnering with clinical agencies throughout NYC to implement effective strategies to reduce HIV transmission and improve HIV care outcomes among five distinct populations: (1) Black and/or Hispanic/Latina women with HIV, including Black and/or Hispanic/Latina cisgender, transgender, non-binary and/or genderqueer women; (2) Black and/or Hispanic/Latina transgender women with HIV, and those who identify as non-binary or genderqueer; (3) Black and/or Hispanic/Latino Young People aged 13 to 29, with HIV (YPHIV); (4) Black and/or Hispanic/Latino Older People aged fifty or older with HIV (OPHIV); and (5) Black and/or Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men with HIV, including Black and/or Hispanic/Latino cisgender, transgender, non-binary, and/or genderqueer MSM.

BHIV’s approach to Black and Latinx OPHIV has been adapted from University of California San Francisco’s Golden Compass Program [A&U, July 2018], a multidisciplinary care coordination model that integrates care across several medical practices including, but not limited to, cardiovascular, neurological, and geriatric disciplines. BHIV has adapted the Golden Compass Program model to fit the specific medical, mental health, and social/cultural needs of Black and/or H/L OPWH living in NYC. The project, “Building Equity: Intervening Together for Health (BE InToHealth),” hopes to ensure that the multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical needs of Black and Latinx PLHIV are assessed and addressed.

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—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick Greathouse.