Addabbo Family Health Center Addresses AIDS
The Ryan White Staff at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center hosted a commemorative event in honor of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2003. Contributors to the days’ events included the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, AIDS Center of Queens Community, Honorable Assemblywomen Michelle Titus, and Addabbo’s Executive Director, Dr. J. R. Peter Nelson.
The Honorable Assemblywomen Michelle Titus discussed this year’s World AIDS Day theme, "Stigma and Discrimination." She stated that during the 1980’s and 1990’s, the general public believed HIV/ AIDS only affected populations with certain ethnic, gender, or sexual profiles. Today, those who are at risk for infection fall under all identification barriers. The numbers of minority women and adolescents are the largest growing of all new HIV cases. The Assemblywomen stressed the need for communities to work together to reduce rates of infection and promote early entry into treatment.
In the wake of rising number of new cases, Assemblywomen Titus also stated her deep concerns over decreased funding provided to agencies serving HIV/AIDS infected individual. She strongly supported an increase in government monies for prevention and treatment efforts.
According to a 2001 study prepared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the percentage of adults living in the Rockaways that participate in risky behavior associated with HIV infection is 4%. The total percentage for New York City is 5%.
Early detection and education can significantly reduce incidences of HIV/AIDS. The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center offers free and confidential HIV counseling and testing everyday. These services are provided at 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway (718) 868-8230 as well as at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Arverne (718) 945-7150.