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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

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.

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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.

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


ACT UP/NY Protests Russian Anti-Gay Bigotry



Media:  Brandon Cuicchi  (646) 284-2948

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

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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