Releasing Health: I was Afraid I was Going to Die in the CellAlan Perez: In 1990 I was arrested for marijuana possession. I believe I was HIV positive at the time because I was getting sick, but I was not officially diagnosed until 2001. The judge sent me to Rikers Island for 90 days. This was scary because I lost my apartment, I lost my job and I missed a lot of my college classes.On my third day at Rikers, I got sick. I had diabetes and my blood sugar was up. I also had high blood pressure. I asked the correctional officer to take me to the hospital. They refused. They left me in the cell, where I had seizures.

Releasing Health: I was Afraid I was Going to Die in the Cell

Alan Perez: In 1990 I was arrested for marijuana possession. I believe I was HIV positive at the time because I was getting sick, but I was not officially diagnosed until 2001. The judge sent me to Rikers Island for 90 days. This was scary because I lost my apartment, I lost my job and I missed a lot of my college classes.

On my third day at Rikers, I got sick. I had diabetes and my blood sugar was up. I also had high blood pressure. I asked the correctional officer to take me to the hospital. They refused. They left me in the cell, where I had seizures.

Art & AIDS: Perceptions of Life

HIV-positive artist, Osvaldo Perdomo celebrates GMHC’s Art & AIDS exhibition, a collection of works from of 46 fellow artists living with the virus.

Want to check it out for yourself? Go to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (26 Wooster Street, between Grand and Canal) in Manhattan between December 19 to January 5. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Mondays, as well as December 25 and January 1, closed.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?Raymond Smith writes:

"The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that ARVs not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but, by lowering their viral load, can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions….Talk of ‘the end of AIDS’ has begun to feel, for the first time, like an attainable reality—but only if HIV/AIDS once again receives enough focus and energy.”

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond Smith writes:


"The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that ARVs not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but, by lowering their viral load, can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions….

Talk of ‘the end of AIDS’ has begun to feel, for the first time, like an attainable reality—but only if HIV/AIDS once again receives enough focus and energy.”

Want to know what the candidates for NYC’s mayor have to say about HIV/AIDS?

Watch this video from last month’s GMHC HIV Mayoral Forum. Candidates covered HIV/AIDS budgeting, the city’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration and a proposed 30 percent rent cap for HIV-positive New Yorkers on public assistance.

Weiner Should Have Let it All Hang Out
At GMHC’s Mayoral Candidate Forum Focusing on HIV/AIDS, “Weiner was in the perfect position to illustrate how the public’s focus on sexting, instead of his record as a City Councilor and a member of the House of Representatives, was just one example of the stigma attached to sex that makes safer sex education, prevention campaigns, and getting people on treatment more difficult. 

He was well poised to discuss sexting as a safer sex method, yet not without risks. 

He was in a place where he could easily distance himself from his predecessors, such as Koch and Giuliani, whose puritan approach to sex not only cost people’s lives (in Koch’s case), but also gutted in the city (under Giuliani’s rule). 

And, he was situated to establish himself as something we know him to be, and someone relatable - a sexual being. 
While talking about sex could be seen as a political risk, the pay off for ushering in a frank discussion may be worth it.”

Weiner Should Have Let it All Hang Out

At GMHC’s Mayoral Candidate Forum Focusing on HIV/AIDS, “Weiner was in the perfect position to illustrate how the public’s focus on sexting, instead of his record as a City Councilor and a member of the House of Representatives, was just one example of the stigma attached to sex that makes safer sex education, prevention campaigns, and getting people on treatment more difficult.

He was well poised to discuss sexting as a safer sex method, yet not without risks.

He was in a place where he could easily distance himself from his predecessors, such as Koch and Giuliani, whose puritan approach to sex not only cost people’s lives (in Koch’s case), but also gutted in the city (under Giuliani’s rule).

And, he was situated to establish himself as something we know him to be, and someone relatable - a sexual being.

While talking about sex could be seen as a political risk, the pay off for ushering in a frank discussion may be worth it.”