The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have received funding from M∙A∙C Cosmetic’s charitable foundation, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund to increase prompt access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for patients newly diagnosed with HIV at NYC’s Sexual Health Clinics.
FPHNYC and the Health Department’s Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control will collaborate with community HIV providers to improve services within the Sexual Health Clinics located throughout New York City, as part of the Ending the Epidemic (EtE) strategy. Under this initiative, the Sexual Health Clinics aim to provide high-quality, status-neutral prevention and treatment services.
Funding from the MAC AIDS Fund will support the Bureau’s work on engaging communities with a focus on providing affirming services to transgender and gender non-conforming patients. In 2016, MAC AIDS Fund provided funding for a pilot JumpstART, a program providing immediate access to ART for patients newly diagnosed with HIV, at the Sexual Health Clinics. The key element of these services is to improve access to sexual health services, regardless of insurance, HIV status, immigration or other potential parries to accessing treatment. Patients will also receive high-impact prevention and care services, including benefits assistance, case management, adherence support and mental health support.
“It is imperative that we treat HIV like we treat other infections and give individuals the option to be treated at the time of diagnosis,” said Sara Gardner, executive director of FPHNYC. “Early initiation of HIV treatment will improve outcomes and help accelerate the decline in HIV related deaths and transmitted infections.”