No X-Mas for Lamont
Last week, In response to Lamont Valentin’s untimely death, more than 100 activists from ACT UP New York, Occupy Wall Street, Streetworks and others rallied near the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza. With songs and Christmas courage, these brave carolers fought for our HIV-positive right to lung transplants. If that’s not Christmas Spirit, we don’t know what is.
Gasping for Change
On Tuesday, December 3rd, a 29-year-old HIV-positive man died on a New York City bus while on his way home from a doctor’s appointment. Lamont Valentin was born with the virus in 1984, and persevered several AIDS-related lung infections for nearly 20 years. Recently he was told that his only chance for long-term survival was a double-lung transplant.
Which he was denied. Wasn’t even put on the waiting list. Based entirely on his HIV status.
Activism to ensure that Lamont did not die in vain is very much under way. Tonight (Wednesday, December 18th) at 6:00, ACT UP/NY will be holding a rally for Lamont at Rockefeller Center, to share his story and demand that New York hospitals perform lung and other organ transplants in qualified people living with HIV.
PEP: In Case of Emergency
Post-exposure prophylaxis can stop HIV, but only if you and your health care providers know about it. Unfortunately, this still seems to be a big problem in the medical community at large….
This POZ exclusive asks: What’s the hold-up with PEP? How accessible is it? Where is it, and how can you be proactive about acquiring it?
ACT UP New York has called out the city health department on not spending significant resources on HIV testing and prevention for gay men by way of PEP and PrEP. Seems they’ve begun to listen.
ACT UP New York Demands Better Local HIV Prevention Efforts
ACT UP NY protested yesterday outside the Queens offices of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Click here to find out why.
From the July/August Issue of POZ: Chemical Crusader
As a retired pharmaceutical chemist, Iris Long, who is HIV negative, was able to provide the activists and AIDS community with much-needed information about clinical trials and potential treatment drugs. Her work with ACT UP was recently featured in the Oscar-nominated film How to Survive a Plague.
ACT UP New York Protests Hospital for Denial of PEP
A gay man exposed to HIV contacted ACT UP after hospital staff denied that PEP existed, which prompted him to leave the emergency room without the meds. He only received the medications from the hospital only after ACT UP intervened.
Why is it that hospital staff are holding back on life-saving drugs?
Rachel Maddow on ACT UP 25
The former ACT UP member and current MSNBC host spotlights the 25th anniversary of the AIDS activist group — and highlights its current goals. Click here for more.
Taking from the Poor to Give to the Rich:
Here we go again. A nation in financial trouble erupts in debate over whether those who can afford to help stabilize the economy will pitch in or whether we will instead gut budgets designed to protect people in need.
Last week, ACT UP held their 25th anniversary demonstration on Wall Street in NYC. They partnered with Occupy Wall Street and AIDS advocacy groups like Health Gap, Housing Works, VOCAL-NY and many others to march from City Hall to Wall Street.
Their ask? A small tax (0.05%) on Wall Street transactions and speculative trades to help raise the money needed to end the AIDS pandemic and provide universal healthcare in the U.S. (The advocacy kicked off earlier in the day when 10 activists were arrested in a smaller, related demonstration on Wall Street.) Click here for more. Click here for more.
10 Arrests at ACT UP Protest on Wall Street
ACT UP joined the Occupy movement to protest changes to New York City’s AIDS housing policies and to demand a tax to end AIDS, according to an ACT UP statement. Ten activists were arrested after chaining themselves to the entrance of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Click here to read more and check out pictures and video from the protest.