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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state figures Wednesday that show the number of new HIV diagnoses has dropped to a new low since the peak of the epidemic.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

New York state will require health insurance companies to cover the cost of treatments to detect and prevent HIV infection starting next year, according to a letter circulated by the Department of Financial Services.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

This year's annual Artie Awards were so successful as a fundraiser for Erie County Medical Center's Immunodeficiency Services Department, the money raised was double last year's.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

World AIDS Day – a global effort to bring attention to the ongoing HIV epidemic – is being observed today. In Erie County, where more than 100 new cases of HIV are diagnosed each year, the County’s Department of Health is working to raise awareness through the media, online, and with partners in the community. Here’s what the county’s top doctor wants you to know.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Artie Awards and theater community raised $20,000 for ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services. WNED-WBFO were presenters of the 27th annual Artie Awards held June 5th. Artie Awards Founder and WBFO's Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase presented the check to ECMC Monday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says ECMC provides key HIV-AIDS services through its clinic.

Several weeks before President Trump nominated Indiana's state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light detox center in Indianapolis, Ind., the only treatment facility in the state for people without insurance.

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This month marks the halfway point in New York State's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. Although local health care officials say progress has been made, a new epidemic is threatening the effort.

Supporters of a movement to change New York State's laws regarding minors seeking HIV treatment hope to have Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation before state lawmakers by June.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A campaign is underway to change the Food and Drug Administration's 35-year-old ban on gay blood donors.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On Tuesday October 6, over 100 Western New York Restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS and provide much-needed services to those living with the disease. It’s part of the 13th annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser.


Evergreen Association / WBFO News

After nearly three decades of providing temporary housing to Buffalo’s HIV and AIDS-infected homeless population, Main Street’s Benedict House will be closing.

Photo from VA Buffalo Website

Shock and anger amongst family members are following the news that Veterans Administration patients might have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV viruses through the re-use of insulin pens.

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Hundreds of patients at Buffalo's VA Medical Center could have been exposed to serious viruses due to the inappropriate handling of insulin pens.

The inadvertent re-use of the pens might have infected more than 700 patients with the Hepatitus B, Hepatitus C or the HIV viruses. Administrators claim that the possibility of transmission of the viruses is low, but the hospital is planning to contact all patients who are at risk. The flaw that allowed the problem to arise has been identified and is being rectified.

The VA is not divulging the names of any of those at risk.