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  • The State of HIV in New York State: A Close-Up on the Lower Hudson Region

    The State of HIV in New York State: A Close-Up on the Lower Hudson Region

    In mid-October, the New York State Governor’s Office convened a multi-stakeholder Ending the Epidemic Task Force whose primary mandate is to create a comprehensive implementation strategy for a plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020. The Ending the Epidemic Task Force, co-chaired by Housing Works President & CEO Charles King, has met twice already, and is convening listening sessions across New York State through November to get community input. Three more Task Force meetings will follow between now and the end of December, with the end goal of submitting concrete recommendations to end the AIDS epidemic to DOH & the Governor’s Office by late January 2015.

    Any effective plan to end AIDS as …

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    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  • Haul Yes!

    Haul Yes!

    In exactly two weeks, Housing Works Chelsea will transform into the ultimate shopping party spot with sought-after designer brands available at super charitable prices! Your ticket to the Fashion for Action Opening Night Reception guarantees you first dibs on new apparel and accessories from Derek Lam, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Brooks Brothers, Diesel, Heartloom, Hugo Boss, In God We Trust, Jack Spade,Ted Baker, Tori Burch, Vince and many more!

    In addition to advanced access to our intimate shopping party; the event is co-chaired by fashion icons John Varvatos (gasp!) and Zac Posen (double gasp!) meet them and other fabulous guests at The Rubin Museum of Art–just across the street from the shop–where the Fashion for Action benefit takes place. Sip signature …

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    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

  • Ask Roulette, Never Can Say Goodbye, No Tokens, Moby-Dick Marathon NYC at HWBC

    That fall chill is finally in the air, we have apple cider in the cafe, and a slew of great November events at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. This week the final DISH of the year features whiskey cocktails and baked treats, and tomorrow we celebrate the new issue No Tokens with Mary Gaitskill and more contributors. Night School is back to take PowerPoint to new and exciting places, and Ask Roulette invites you to ask a stranger any question you want. Plus we celebrate a new anthology of author interviews from BOMB Magazine and the new anthology of NYC love with contributors. And, of course, Thanksgiving is nigh, which means it’s time to stock up on stock tips at our annual Cookbook …

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    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  • ACTION ALERT! Register for 11/10 NYC Listening Sessions-Community Forum on NY Plan to End AIDS

    ACTION ALERT! Register for 11/10 NYC Listening Sessions-Community Forum on NY Plan to End AIDS

    MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!

    WHAT: Ending the NY AIDS Epidemic—NYC Listening Forum Invitation

    WHERE: NY State Department of Health Offices at 90 Church St., Meeting Room A/B, 4th Floor. You will need a government-issued photo I.D. (e.g., a driver’s license, a non-driver’s I.D. car, a U.S. passport; or a benefits card with a photo) to get through security into the building.

    WHEN: Monday, November 10, 2014; Provider/Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM

    RSVP/REGISTER: YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND! Register/RSVP online via the online registration form. If you are unable to access the link, please call (518) 474-5577 no later than 3 days prior to the …

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    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

  • VIDEO: HW CEO Charles King Outlines HIV Activist Concerns About NY Ebola Policy

    VIDEO: HW CEO Charles King Outlines HIV Activist Concerns About NY Ebola Policy

    On Monday, October 27, 2014, President Charles King, CEO and President of Housing Works and other AIDS activist leaders convened a press conference in front of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan to urge Governor Cuomo to rescind his mandatory Ebola home quarantine. In his statement to the press, King outlined what HIV and global health advocates recommend to the Governor with regard to Ebola monitoring.

    ““There is no science to support the idea that a person should be quarantined before they are symptomatic…. [and] there’s no reason to deprive people of their liberty when they’re asymptomatic,” asserted King. “Just to underscore what we feel is really important here: First of all, we need to have a single national standard. We cannot have …

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    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

  • MEDIA ADVISORY/10.27 Press Conference: HIV/AIDS Leaders Urge True Rescinding of Cuomo Ebola Policy

    MEDIA ADVISORY/10.27 Press Conference: HIV/AIDS Leaders Urge True Rescinding of Cuomo Ebola Policy

    MEDIA ADVISORY—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 26, 2014

    WHAT: Press Conference Calling for True Rescinding of Cuomo Mandatory Ebola Quarantine to Align Policy with Science-Based Public Health Recs

    WHEN: TODAY, Noon (EST), Monday, October 27, 2014

    WHERE: In Front of Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue (between 27th & 28thSts.), New York City

    U.S. & Global Leaders of the HIV/AIDS Response Hold Press Conference to Call on Governor Cuomo to Rescind Policy of Mandatory Home Quarantine for Persons Who Have Been In Proximity to Persons with Ebola Virus Disease

    Monday, October 27, at noon (EST), leaders of the AIDS community and other public health experts will hold a press conference in front of Bellevue Hospital …

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    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

  • HIV/AIDS Activists Urge Governor Cuomo to Rescind Mandatory Ebola Quarantine

    HIV/AIDS Activists Urge Governor Cuomo to Rescind Mandatory Ebola Quarantine

    A downloadable PDF of the letter below appears at the bottom of this post.

    October 26, 2014

    The Honorable Andrew Cuomo
    Governor of New York
    Albany, New York

    Dear Governor Cuomo:

    We write as professionals, activists, and public health researchers who have worked to combat AIDS and other infectious diseases in New York and around the world for over three decades. We have not forgotten how HIV/AIDS was at first largely ignored while it appeared to affect only marginalized communities or the stigma generated once fear of the virus took hold in the larger population. We have watched with growing concern as Ebola virus disease (EVD) was ignored far too long while confined to some of the poorest countries …

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    Posted on October 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  • ACTION ALERT!: Ask Congress to End Unfair Cost-Sharing for HIV Drugs!

    ACTION ALERT!: Ask Congress to End Unfair Cost-Sharing for HIV Drugs!

    CALL-TO-ACTION FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AIDS UNITED

    Despite expanded access to health insurance, increases in out-of-pocket expenses for some drugs—including HIV-related medications—are creating major barriers for some people living with HIV.

    Many health insurance companies are moving life-saving medications into specialty pricing tiers. Drug pricing tiers are used to determine out-of-pocket costs paid by patients, ranging from generic, to name brand, to the highest tier of “specialty” medications. As drugs move into higher tiers-a greater out-of-pocket burden is placed on the backs of people that rely on the them.

    Housing Works and our allies at AIDS United believe treatment is treatment, and people who need life-saving medications should not pay more out-of-pocket simply as …

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    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm

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