News Release - Mayor Lovely A. Warren Joins Trillium Health and the MOCHA Center in Ending AIDS Epidemic Summit

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015) – Mayor Warren, together with Dr. William Valenti of Trillium Health announced an effort today to help raise awareness of the resources available in the Rochester community related to HIV testing, prevention and treatment as part of Governor Cuomo’s “Ending the Epidemic Blueprint.” The announcement was made at the “Ending AIDS 2020: From Blueprint to Action” summit, facilitated by The End AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition with efforts led by Trillium Health in collaboration with the MOCHA Center and supported by the Mayor.

“Rochester is proud to support the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint,” said Mayor Warren. “While there are many pieces to this puzzle, we are fortunate in Rochester to have partners such as the MOCHA Center, Trillium Health and others dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic and serving our community. These partnerships will help connect those who are least likely to seek care with health care and services. Working together we can help improve the health of our city, which will bolster our efforts to create jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

Information supplied by the New York State Department of Health and Trillium Health will be available at all City R-Centers and City branch libraries and a web page, www.cityofrochester.gov/EndAIDS, has been created to post information, local resources and events related to the Ending the Epidemic efforts.

“The idea of ending the HIV epidemic is something I never would have imagined we would be talking about, especially thirty years ago when this all first started,” said Dr. William Valenti, Trillium Health’s Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement and Staff Physician. “New York State is leading the way. Other states and countries are looking to New York to see how the Blueprint rolls out.”

On October 14, 2014, Governor Cuomo assembled a task force of AIDS prevention activists including Dr. Valenti of Trillium Health, who worked to create a plan to end the AIDS epidemic throughout New York. The Ending the Epidemic Blueprint is available at www.health.ny.gov/ete.

The MOCHA Center emerged from the Men of Color Health Awareness Project which addressed HIV/AIDS health concerns affecting Black and Latino gay men. The MOCHA Center provides prevention programs, support services for people living with HIV/AIDS, advocacy, capacity building and more. The MOCHA Center is located at 189 N. Water St.

Trillium Health offers primary medical care, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C specialty care, PreP (HIV prevention medication), rapid HIV testing and more. Trillium Health is located at 259 Monroe Ave.

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