ACT UP/NY Protests Russian Anti-Gay Bigotry

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ACTIVISTS CRITICIZE LGBT COMPANIES FOR PARTNERING WITH STOLICHNAYA

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New York, NY (July 31, 2013) — Members of ACT UP/NY disrupted an event sponsored by Stolichnaya Vodka at Splash Bar in New York City to protest recent anti-gay legislation passed in Russia under Vladmir Putin. This homophobic legislation has led to a surge of attacks on the LGBT community, including people with HIV and AIDS, in Russia. 


Responding to calls for a nationwide boycott of Russian products, including all Russian vodkas, the activists blew whistles, chanted, and held up signs reading, "Russia Kills Gays", "Boycott Russia", and "Dump Stoli" while Stoli executives looked on.  A number of gay bars across the country have taken all Russian vodkas off their shelves, and ACT UP is calling for all bars, whether gay or not, to stop serving Russian vodkas.

"We need to send a clear message to Russia that

Mt. Sinai Hospital failed to deliver crucial emergency treatment
How many more will be denied?

 
A score of AIDS activists picketed outside of the Mt. Sinai ER to protest this outrage on Wed. July 17, near the Mt. Sinai Emergency Room.
ACT UP NY Protests Ignorance of PEP (emergency treatment to prevent HIV infection after exposure)

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On Friday, July 5, a gay man who feared he’d just been exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, went for treatment to the Emergency Room at Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital.
 
He needed PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), a treatment shown to be very good at stopping the virus, if treatment starts quickly.  And Mt. Sinai's Emergency Department has PEP.
 
Despite this -- with the clock ticking -- Mt. Sinai repeatedly denied that such a thing existed and then discouraged, the patient left the hospital!    How could

Mt. Sinai Hospital failed to deliver crucial emergency treatment
How many more will be denied?

 
Protest this outrage!   Wed. July 17, Noon, Madison Ave & 100th St – Mt. Sinai
  HIV Preventative Drugs (PEP) Standard Since 2005

On Friday, July 5, a gay man who feared he’d just been exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, went for treatment to the Emergency Room at Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital.
 
He needed PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), a treatment shown to be very good at stopping the virus, if treatment starts quickly.  And Mt. Sinai's Emergency Department has PEP.
 
Despite this -- with the clock ticking -- Mt. Sinai repeatedly denied that such a thing existed and then discouraged, the patient left the hospital!    How could

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MT. Sinai Hospital initially refuses emergency HIV prevention treatment –
AIDS activists target hospital with street protest.

 
NEW YORK – AIDS activists will protest outside Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 17 at Noon. Over the July 4th weekend, personnel at Mt. Sinai’s emergency room refused to treat a man after possible exposure to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.   He needed PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), a treatment shown to be very good at stopping the virus, if treatment starts quickly.
 
Since 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have called for the immediate initiation of a 28-day course of anti-AIDS drugs for people who might have been exposed to HIV during sex. An important tool for HIV prevention, PEP had already been standard treatment for medical workers who might have been exposed to HIV-infected blood or tissue.
 
Emergency room personnel at Mt. Sinai incorrectly informed the man that there was no such treatment. The man contacted ACT UP/New York who intervened

ACT UP/NY member James Krellenstein was interviewed on Out-FM on WBAI about the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic amoung young men who have sex with men (MSM), a category including gay and bisexual men and non-gay identified men. (Infections among Transwomen are discussed). This epidemic has been referred to as AIDS 2.0 because half of today's 20-30 year-old men will by HIV positive by age 50 at 2006 rates, however the infection rate has spiked in this group since then. Among black 20-30 year-old men who have sex with men, 50% will be infected by age 35. Krellenstein discusses pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PREP, and post exposure prophylaxis, or PEP to cut the infection rate.

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