- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says all HIV-positive individuals in New York City will be eligible for housing, transportation and nutritional support following a policy change at the Health Department’s AIDS Institute.

That eliminates the distinction between low-income people considered in need of care who can get assistance and others with the diagnosis, expanding eligibility.

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance says the larger group will be eligible for Emergency Shelter Allowance, which includes a monthly transportation and nutrition aid as well as a 30 percent income contribution cap toward rental costs for city public assistance recipients.

The new rule will go into effect in 60 days.

Budget officials estimate the change will affect about 7,000 people.

Health officials say treatment should begin immediately following diagnosis to suppress the viral load.

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