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The Westchester AIDS Council was established to address pertinent issues involving the prevention and spread of AIDS and to assure the compassionate care of individuals afflicted with AIDS and with HIV infection.

With the disease now disproportionately affecting residents from communities of color, new leaders work through the Westchester County AIDS Council to address the changing needs of AIDS epidemiology and stop the spread of this deadly virus.

The goals of the AIDS Council include:

  • Education and Prevention: teaching children, young adults, and adults how to protect themselves from HIV infection and AIDS; reducing their risk of infection by modifying their behavior; and building peer support networks for delivery of risk reduction messages.
  • Care: ensuring that an appropriate care and support system exists throughout Westchester for people living with or affected by HIV infection and AIDS, their families, friends and care givers.
  • Funding: securing additional funding wherever possible to further the Council's mission.

CDC HIV/AIDS Hotline News
The CDC HIV/AIDS hotline (800-342-2437) is now part of CDC-INFO (800-CDC-INFO), the new one source for public health information from CDC. Calls to the CDC HIV/AIDS hotline number are automatically being forwarded to CDC-INFO. This service provides English, Spanish and TTY service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Outreach, education and awareness programs continue to be an important component of AIDS response. Implementation of HIV Names Reporting and Partner Notification Registration has begun with highly trained staff working with medical providers and patients to assure partner notification for HIV exposure and increase patient referrals to appropriate community services.

Care for people with AIDS/HIV:

Laws

  • Amended HIV Testing Public Health Law -  On July 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed Chapter 308 of the Laws of 2010 that makes significant changes to HIV testing practices in New York State.
  • NYSDOH Training for Non-Clinical Providers: Regarding the new developments in HIV testing as a result of passage of Chapter 308 of the Laws of 2010.

AIDS Resources