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
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ACT UP NY DECLARES “HIV EMERGENCY” AT NYC PRIDE
AIDS ACTIVISTS KICK OFF RACY “FUCK SMARTER” CAMPAIGN
NEW YORK CITY – JUNE 28, 2013 – The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) will march at the NYC Pride Parade this Sunday, June 30th, to declare an HIV prevention emergency. New statistics released by the CDC confirm that more than half of young gay men or MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender women may be HIV-positive by age 50. In response to this clear threat to the queer community, ACT UP demands an end to the denial that has allowed nationwide HIV prevention budgets to be slashed for years.
Even locally, the NY Department of Health has been cutting prevention funding where it is needed most. New HIV statistics show that an African-American MSM is 6 times more likely to become infected with HIV than a white MSM. “We see local AIDS service organizations, like Gay Men of African Descent, that help underserved communities are having their budgets slashed by the city. This lack of funding and an institutional denial about the realities of how LGBT people have sex are putting this new generation at risk,” said member Annette Gaudino.
To take its sex-positive message directly to the streets, along with traditional condoms and lube packets, ACT UP will distribute a “Fuck Smarter Toolkit” with critical