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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13V0EQgnAYc
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

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.

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ACTIVISTS SAY DOHMH HAS NEGLECTED HIV PREVENTION FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY

ACT UP Demands DOHMH PEP & PrEP Campaign
NEW YORK CITY – AUGUST 22, 2013 – On Thursday, August 15, pressured by a picket line of AIDS activists spotlighting the city’s failure to provide effective HIV prevention for gay men and transgender women, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) immediately promised to launch a new public education campaign for the HIV prevention treatments Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, commonly referred to as PEP and PrEP, according to a DOHMH statement published by OUT.com.


PEP, an HIV prevention treatment that must be started shortly after potential HIV exposure, can dramatically reduce the chance of HIV infection for anyone who may have been exposed to HIV. And PrEP, an anti-viral treatment taken daily, has proven highly effective at reducing HIV infection among people who adhere to treatment and are at high risk of HIV exposure. Yet activists pointed out that the DOHMH has not done the necessary work to make PEP or PrEP widely accessible and affordable, and the city has so far failed to educate the general public about the existence of these treatments.

New York Deserves Better!

On the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s 2nd anniversary, New York youth face increasing student debt and  unemployment; public hospitals are shutting down, leaving patients in jeopardy; people living with HIV/AIDS are  losing housing services; and NYC transit riders are suffering crippling MTA service cuts and route closures. NYC is  losing its heart.  All in the name of austerity-induced budget cuts.

On September 17 the UN General Assembly will convene to discuss agreed upon international anti-poverty and public health goals to be achieved by 2015. None of the goals will be met without a total reversal of global austerity measures. Against the backdrop of the UN and the OWS anniversary, labor and community activists will rally to demand an end  to austerity and full funding of human needs — locally and globally.

The answer to how we pay for it all? The Robin Hood Tax.
A tiny tax on Wall Street and its counterparts around the world is the antidote to needless suffering caused by austerity.

Robin Hood Tax Outline

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NEW YORK CITY – AUGUST 13, 2013 – The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY) and its allies will hold a demonstration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) on Thursday, August 15 to protest recent funding cuts to the city's post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) program, a lack of awareness campaigns and availability of the HIV-prevention drugs PEP and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and faulty, misleading data -- all factors contributing to what ACT UP deems the "second wave" of HIV/AIDS, or AIDS 2.0

ACT UP is protesting a Department of Health that is characterized by inaction. ACTUP demands that NYC DOHMH publicize life-saving anti-HIV drug regimens such as PEP and PrEP to at-risk NYC communities, fund city HIV prevention and release accurate data.