AIDS Issues Update Blog
Please join us on Sunday, June 25th, as we march as a Housing Works community in the annual NYC LGBT Pride March!
We are Group 4, LEAD/RESIST! Arrive at 10:00AM to 41st Street between Madison and Park. All are welcome! RSVP HERE.
To reflect the people power and activism that has been galvanized by the Trump Administration’s draconian policies, this year’s Pride March theme centers on resistance. In keeping with that activist theme, Housing Works will be marching in the Resistance contingent near the front of the march, with Rise & Resist, Gays Against Guns, ACT UP & other allies.
#RadicalInclusion #LoveisLove #ProtectOurCare #NoBanNoWall #HealthcareForAll #AIDSFreeNY2020 #AIDSFreeUSA
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Housing Works is thrilled to congratulate our friend and colleague Dr. Demetre Daskalakis on his new position as Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH).
Since his arrival at NYC DOHMH in 2014, we have had the honor of working closely with Dr. Demetre in his role as Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in support of our Ending the Epidemic efforts in New York City. His trailblazing work at NYC DOHMH has helped increase access to PEP and PrEP, addressed stigma and disparities among those living with HIV in New York City, and resulted in historic decreases …
Posted on June 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm
Late Wednesday afternoon on May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finally released the CBO score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the healthcare bill also known as TrumpCare, two weeks after it passed in the House of Representatives.
While the bill boasts $119 billion in savings over 10 years, the human cost is incalculable and catastrophic. As anticipated, this bill as written will result in millions of Americans losing coverage. The CBO states that 14 million people will be uninsured next year, and that figure will reach 23 million people over the next ten years.
The AHCA bill eligibility constraints, the huge numbers of Americans who will be left uninsured, combined with the cuts proposed on Tuesday …
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm
On May 4, the House narrowly voted to pass TrumpCare, which will have potentially devastating effects on millions of Americans. We are all feeling really angry about the vote to strip healthcare away from millions of Americans to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy. We’re going to harness that rage to make sure this bill goes down in flames. We will be taking steps in here and around the nation to make sure this bill does not pass the Senate, and we also have been making sure that those representatives who voted in favor of this bill hear our anger and understand their actions have consequences.
Here’s what we’ve been up to:
On the day TrumpCare passed the House of Representatives, President …
Posted on May 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm
The END AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition released a consensus statement on viral load suppression, which affirms the message of Undetectable=Untransmittable in conjunction with Prevention Access Campaign’s U=U initiative. To celebrate, the Coalition, along with the New York City Health Department hosted a rally & dance party on Sunday, April 23rd, DJ’d by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Health Department. Check out the photo album from the U=U Dance Party to End HIV Stigma, and read the consensus statement below!
New York State Consensus Statement on …
Posted on April 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm
Guest Post by Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works
Today, an important new rule went into effect in New York State, which will allow minors to consent to HIV treatment and prevention! This is a significant victory for our Ending the Epidemic Efforts.
The way the Department of Health achieved this was in two steps. First, last year, in an effort to allow minors to consent to HPV vaccination, the regulations governing sexually transmitted infections was changed to allow any minor who has been exposed to an STI to consent to testing and treatment for any and all STI’s. Because HPV is so prevalent, any minor who is sexually active is presumed to be exposed to HPV, …
Posted on April 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm
CALL-TO-ACTION: Congress Spring Recess & Affordable Care
Congratulations! We have won the first battle of the Trump Era in the struggle to save and build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!
Congress couldn’t muster a majority to steal health care from millions of voters. We mobilized and stopped the Trump agenda in its tracks. A huge thank-you to every person who has marched, attended a town hall, visited your congressperson, made phone calls and sent emails. People power is what stopped the ACA repeal, and even ultra-conservative members of Congress had to shift their positions when faced with the people who mobilized to challenge them in their home districts.
But that was only the first act. We cannot stop now. The …
Posted on April 6, 2017 at 11:23 am
Guest post by Jillian Faison, Housing Works’ Director of New York State Governmental Affairs
This weekend organizers and community members from Housing Works, Fourth Family Inc., Citizen Action, and Youth Represent gathered in the Capitol during the annual Somos el Futuro conference to express their support for Speaker Heastie’s “raise the age” proposal, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility to eighteen.
50 of us marched through the concourse but as we chanted, and we were joined by many of the people attending the conference in our cry “What do we want? RAISE THE AGE! And When do we want it? NOW!” Our group marched to the Speaker Heastie’s open house where he came and addressed our group. …
Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm