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 …
Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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 …
Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:32 am
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 …
Posted on October 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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 …
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm
In September 2014, Housing Works VP of Research Ginny Shubert gave a presentation called “The Undetectables—Using Financial Incentives to Support Viral Load Suppression in a Community-Based Organization Providing Integrated Care,” at the third international summit “Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: Avoiding the Cost of Inaction,” convened in London by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). The summit series featured data related to and discussion about the implementation of combination prevention, including treatment as prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provides a forum for exploring HIV care and prevention continua optimization to achieve antiretroviral therapy’s maximum therapeutic and preventative effects. A similar presentation session on The Undetectables was given by Ginny Shubert, Housing Works President & Read More
Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:51 am
At Housing Works Thrift Shops we’re big believers in celebrating. And with nearly 20 years working alongside the best fashion and interior insiders, we know you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make an impression, especially when it comes to the holidays. That’s why we’re hosting a series of sales dedicated to the art of entertaining. Stop by any Thrift Shop (except Buy the Bag) to stock up on sparkling new entertaining essentials and gifts for the next month. Beginning this Friday, October 24 get glassware–from champagne flutes to goblets–to start sipping. The following Friday, October 31, we’ve got you covered with linens including tablecloths and placemats. On Friday, November 7, set your table with the essentials like serving pieces …
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm
The chill in the air means it’s the perfect time to spend your evenings cozy in the beautiful Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, listening to some amazing folks talk about their work, sipping on your preferred warm-up drink, be it Brooklyn Lager or hot chocolate. Next week we’re excited to welcome back Longreads for a night of stories from Oklahoma-based This Land Press, and the return of Say It to My Face:, where writers confront the comments section (the terror! perfect for Halloween week). We will also be celebrating two amazing and unique new books, the story of 19th-century lesbian murder in memphis, and a book of texts from your favorite literary characters. Plus, podcast The Catapult IRL and our series DISH presents its …
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Last week, 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.
Any effective plan end AIDS as an epidemic in New York will depend on getting all New York residents informed and educated, tested, diagnosed, into care and retained in care and on effective treatment as early as possible. To do that, accessible resources need to target and reach everyone, especially those at risk, who tend to fall through the cracks in the existing care systems.
Toward that end, the AIDS Issues Update will be creating an ongoing series of posts offering …
Posted on October 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm