Today is World AIDS Day an annual awareness event for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- In 2014, an estimated 44,073 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
• About one in eight people with HIV in the U.S. do not know they are infected.
• In 2014, approximately 3,800 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in New York.
• New York ranked 4th among the 50 states in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2014.
Although HIV\AIDS is identified as a pandemic disease, according to the CDC, certain populations are more susceptible to it:
Older Adults: While the majority of HIV diagnoses occur before age 40, the vast majority of persons living with HIV infection are over 40. Nearly half of them are 50 or older.
Race/ethnicity: In 2014, 43 percent of those diagnosed with HIV in the Northeast were black, 28 percent were Hispanic, and 24 percent were white
Our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) coordinators work to increase the number of individuals and families living with HIV\AIDS who apply for SNAP and get approved. NOEP Coordinators offers prescreenings to determine if someone may be eligible for SNAP, and can assist throughout the entire application process. NOEP Coordinators provide:
- Home visits
- Language translation
- Assistance with gathering paperwork
- Help with completing and submitting the SNAP application
All services are free and confidential. Find a NOEP coordinator near you!