Join us for the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday Sept. 1st @ 6:30PM
At The LGBT Center (208 w13th St between 7th and Greenwich Ave.)
Or, for those who can't make it, tune in at 6:30 to our live feed below.
We will be publishing video of the meeting shortly after.
Jeremiah Johnson James Krellenstein
(212) 253-7922 +1.516.865.7707
jeremiah.johnson (at) treatmentactiongroup.org james (at) krellenstein.com
ACT UP\New York and TAG to Host Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Drastic Cuts to City’s HIV Testing and STD Screening Programs
NEW YORK CITY – AUGUST 31, 2015– In response to disturbing trends in New York City’s response to the ongoing HIV and STD epidemics, ACT UP\New York and Treatment Action Group (TAG) will host a town hall meeting at the New York City LGBT Center on 13th Street in Manhattan at 6:30 PM on September 1, 2015. ACT UP and TAG seek to push the de Blasio administration to mitigate the massive citywide reduction of sexual health services in recent years, including the March 2015 closure of the Chelsea STD Clinic.
Starting in 2010, the City Government and its Health Department have significantly reduced vital services for the screening, treatment, and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This has included a drastic reduction in the number of HIV tests the City funds and performs.
The cuts resulted in a total of over 400,000 HIV tests being eliminated between 2010 and 2014, possibly resulting in the missed or delayed diagnosis of thousands of HIV-positive New Yorkers.
The Chelsea STD Clinic on 9th Ave has been shuttered for renovations for 2-3 years. In the meantime, health officials are trying to send NY-ers to Riverside Clinic at 106th St. for STD testing, which will have a chilling effect on testing in the neighborhood.
Chelsea has the highest # of HIV, syphilis and gonorrhea diagnoses of any area in the country! That's WITH a clinic, so now's not the time to be reducing sexual health care for the largely LGBT clientele in Chelsea. Tell Mayor DeBlasio and City Hall that we won't stand for a CLOSED Chelsea clinic.
What: ACT UP For The Chelsea STD Clinic
When: Wed 6/3 at 12pm
Where: West Side of City Hall; corner of Murray and Broadway
Directions: Take the N,R to City Hall or the 4,5,6 to BK Bridge City Hall