State Awards $7.7 Million in Grants to Help Women, Young People Prevent HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Unintended Pregnancies

ALBANY, N.Y (March 31, 2010) - The New York State Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $7.7 million to help women and young people avoid HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as promote general good health and well-being.

"HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies occur disproportionately in young people and women of color in New York," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Reaching these populations to teach prevention of new infections is very important to their future health, and will help improve their quality of life and enhance their communities. Our community providers reach people within their neighborhoods and are important to the success of prevention efforts."

Twenty-four awards were made statewide to support HIV and STI prevention and related services for women, particularly women of color. Sixteen awards were made to support community-based programs to promote sexual health to young people ages 13-24 through youth leadership, community engagement and community change.

Humberto Cruz, Director of the AIDS Institute, said, "We are looking forward to strengthening the integration among HIV and STIs, as well as having an impact on sexual health. Many people with sexually transmitted infections show no symptoms in the early stages, and undetected infections can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Regular checkups and testing are essential to good health."

The data supporting prevention services for women are compelling. Data as of December 31, 2007, show that:

  • Of the 119,929 persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York State, more than 31 percent (37,319) are women.
  • 88 percent of all women living with HIV/AIDS are members of minority groups: 57 percent Black, 29 percent Hispanic, and 2 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan Native, and women of two or more races.
  • Heterosexual contact and injection drug use are the most frequently reported HIV transmission categories among women living with HIV/AIDS in the State.
  • Women account for 75 percent of chlamydia cases in New York State; a trend since reporting was first implemented in 2000. The majority of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections among women are asymptomatic. Up to 40 percent of infected women with untreated disease will develop pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.

The focus on young people is also important. During the same reporting period, health statistics show that:

  • 4,598 young people (ages 13-24) were living with HIV/AIDS in New York.
  • 63,736 cases of early syphilis (under one year's duration), gonorrhea and chlamydia were reported among New Yorkers (ages 15-24) – which is 62 percent of the state's total cases, while this age group makes up only 14 percent of the state population.
  • Sexual transmission continues to account for an increasing proportion of new HIV infections. STIs are a major factor fueling the HIV epidemic, particularly among young people of color.

HIV infection, STIs and pregnancies among young people in New York State occur disproportionately in African-American and Hispanic communities:

  • African American and Hispanic youth, age 13-19, accounted for 60 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of young people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2007.
  • The rate of gonorrhea among African American people ages 15-19 is 15 times greater than those among Whites and 2.5 times higher than among Native Americans, which is the racial group with the next highest rate in recent years.
  • Chlamydia rates among African American 15-19 year olds from 2001-07 are 10 times higher than among Whites, and nearly three times higher than among Hispanic and Native American young people.
  • Teen pregnancy rates continue to be two to three times higher among Black and Hispanic adolescents compared to White youth. In 2007, the 15-17 year old pregnancy rate was 25.1 per 1,000 White females, compared to 65.1 and 67.1 for Black and Hispanic females, respectively.
  • The declines in pregnancy rates across the state during the past decade have not been as dramatic for young people of color.

Awards will be made to the following organizations:

Awards for HIV and STI Prevention and Related Services for Women:

Agency Estimated Award*
Bronx
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center $193,735
Montefiore Medical Center AIDS Center $193,735
Albert Einstein College of Medicine $193,735
CitiWide Harm Reduction $193,735
St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction $193,735
Brooklyn
HHC / Kings County Hospital Center $193,735
CAMBA $193,735
Community Healthcare Network $193,735
Amethyst Women's Project $200,000
Research Foundation SUNY / Downstate Medical Center $193,735
Manhattan
Harlem United Community AIDS Center $193,735
Safe Horizon $193,735
East Harlem Council for Human Services $200,000
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS $200,000
Queens
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center $193,658
Multi-Borough
Planned Parenthood of New York City $193,735
Gay Men's Health Crisis $193,735
Central
AIDS Community Resources $193,735
Southern Tier AIDS Program $193,735
Finger Lakes
AC Center, Inc. $193,735
Hudson Valley
Sharing Community $193,735
Long Island
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County $193,735
Northeastern New York
AIDS Council of Northeastern New York $193,735
Western New York
American Red Cross Great Buffalo Chapter $193,735
* Final contract amounts will be determined after passage of the 2010-11 State budget.

Awards for Sexual Health Promotion for Young People Through Youth Leadership and Community Engagement:

Agency Estimated Award*
Bronx
BronxWorks, Inc. $193,735
Bronx AIDS Services $193,735
Brooklyn
Research Foundation SUNY / Downstate $193,735
El Puente de Williamsburg $200,000
Manhattan
Hetrick Martin Institute $193,735
Harlem RBI $193,213
Queens
Child Center of New York $193,735
Research Foundation CUNY Creative Arts Team $193,735
Central
Oswego County Opportunities $181,261
Finger Lakes
Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services $193,735
Action for a Better Community $193,735
Hudson Valley
Family Services of Westchester $190,345
Long Island
Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County $193,735
Long Island Crisis Center $193,735
Northeastern New York
Equinox $193,735
Western New York
Erie I BOCES $193,735
* Final contract amounts will be determined after passage of the 2010-11 State budget.

For more information about HIV/AIDS, visit the Department of Health Web site at http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/aids/.
For information on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, please visit http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/std/.