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ACTIVISTS SAY DOHMH HAS NEGLECTED HIV PREVENTION FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY
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.
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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.
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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 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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Almost 100 AIDS activists marched