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ACT UP/NY Die-in by Inauguration of De Blasio

ACT UP members supported by Occupy Wall Street activists, did a die-in in sub-freezing weather during the inauguration of the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio,  to remind him that HIV/AIDS is still a life-and-death issue for many New Yorkers. Carrying sign saying, "Failed HIV Prevention" and "Commissionar Farley Must Go" the activists called on De Blasio to "prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention".

NYC Dept of Health Commissioner Farley is being targetted by activists for his failure to publicize the new prevention technologies of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) a treatment that can prevent HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure. Farley has also deprioritized publicity around PREP, a pharmaceutical prevention method that is a way to lower risk among those who use condoms less than 100% of the time.


Currently the HIV/AIDS budget has been decimated by 15% cuts to the Ryan White fund that supplies services to people with HIV/AIDS and to prevention efforts.  ACT UP is calling on the new mayor to make up the shortfall. With thousands of New Yorkers newly infected every year and diminishing resources, the epidemic will only increase.


De Blasio Inauguration Protest

On Wed Jan 1 at 11AM, ACT UP protests the inauguration of newly-elected mayor, Bill De Blasio, for his refusal to meet with community groups regarding HIV and AIDS since the election. De Blasio's AIDS platform is disturbingly vague, but his appointment to the city's Health Commissioner COULD reverse rising HIV infections in at-risk communities like young men who have sex with men and trans women and men.

WE NEED a new Health Commissioner different from the current one, Tom Farley, who has ignored HIV/AIDS for the past 4 years and is actively deterring use of current HIV prevention tools like PEP and PrEP. Join ACT UP tomorrow at 11AM at the corner of Broadway and Warren St near City Hall.

NYC DOH Commissioner Tom Farley

Bring your own sign or carry one of ACT UP's.

What: De Blasio Inauguration Protest
When: Wed Jan 1 at 11AM
Where: 258 Broadway at the corner of Warren St.
Why: De Blasio's disturbingly vague AIDS platform and refusal to meet with HIV/AIDS community groups since being elected
Directions: Take the R to City Hall or the 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or the 2,3 to Park Place and walk to Broadway.

**Roads and sidewalks may be blocked and barricaded due to high security for the inauguration. There could be hundreds of protesters from various groups in attendance. Look for the ACT UP banner and ACT UP posters.

Let us know you are coming by going to

Terri Wilder and Jeton Ademaj of ACT UP/NY were interviewed on Health Action, broadcast on WBAI/NY on December 2nd 2013. They were interviewed by long-time health activist and former ACT UP/NY member Mark Hannay. The topic of discussion was the expanding epidemic of HIV infection among gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men.

Click here to listen or right click to download.


Lamont Valentin

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“I'm not fighting for my life, I'm fighting for the lives of all these other people who have not been able to find help. We need to change medicine. We need to make history. For my son to be able to say, ‘That was my dad... he started this.’ That would be amazing.” — Lamont Valentin

YouTube of Lamont:
NEW YORK CITY — On Wednesday, December 18th at 6 pm in Rockefeller Center, ACT UP/New York will hold a demonstration “In Loving Memory and Outrage” for Lamont Valentin. Born with HIV in 1984, Lamont died at age 29 on a New York City bus on December 3rd—only days after World AIDS Day and the signing of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) act by President Obama.

But despite the HOPE act, which now allows HIV-positive people to donate organs to their HIV-positive peers, people living with HIV who otherwise qualify for transplants still face unfair barriers. Lamont, spent the last year of his life with his wife and son trying to be listed for lung transplant at New York-area transplant centers, beginning with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Even though he had his HIV under control and a stable immune system, in every case he was denied listing and was told that a lung transplant for him would be “contra-indicated,” a term which means inadvisable. Lamont was turned away without further testing.

"The great deal of research that has been conducted over

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