Back in May, Daniel Tietz was appointed as Chief Special Services Officer at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in New York City. In his new role, Tietz oversees a broad range of programs, like rent that will provide assistance to the city’s most vulnerable residents.  He’s an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist who brings years of experience to the agency. Here, he shares with POZ his vision for ending the epidemic in NYC:
HIV is just one bit of the story and often times the other needs are very complex. For the last 20 years, the past administrations, from Bloomberg to Giuliani, found ways to say no and found ways to limit access and turn people away. I don’t think that’s what we have in mind.

Back in May, Daniel Tietz was appointed as Chief Special Services Officer at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in New York City. In his new role, Tietz oversees a broad range of programs, like rent that will provide assistance to the city’s most vulnerable residents.

He’s an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist who brings years of experience to the agency. Here, he shares with POZ his vision for ending the epidemic in NYC:

HIV is just one bit of the story and often times the other needs are very complex. For the last 20 years, the past administrations, from Bloomberg to Giuliani, found ways to say no and found ways to limit access and turn people away. I don’t think that’s what we have in mind.
What is an HIV Superinfection?Sometimes, people become infected with more than one strain of HIV at the same time. That’s called a superinfection. Studies show it is connected to a more rapid increase in viral load and has an impact on CD4 cell loss. However, it does not, apparently lead to faster disease progression. Say what?

What is an HIV Superinfection?

Sometimes, people become infected with more than one strain of HIV at the same time. That’s called a superinfection. Studies show it is connected to a more rapid increase in viral load and has an impact on CD4 cell loss. However, it does not, apparently lead to faster disease progression. Say what?

Depression, God and Staying Alive…
Have you ever felt like you were slipping into darkness in your battle with HIV? Then read Rae Lewis Thornton’s latest blog. Know you are not alone:
I’m tired of thinking…. I’m tired of taking medication… I’m tired of trying to make life happen… I’m tired of being this super famous black woman with AIDS… I’m tired of doing it on my own.. I’m tired of trying to save those that I’m suppose to be saving…  I’m tired of trying to make life work… I’m  FUCKING tired of AIDS… I’m tired of deciding if I should buy groceries or pay my cell phone bill with the little money I do manage to get. I’m tired, tired, tired. I’m even tired of being tired, so I just be.

Depression, God and Staying Alive…

Have you ever felt like you were slipping into darkness in your battle with HIV? Then read Rae Lewis Thornton’s latest blog. Know you are not alone:

I’m tired of thinking…. I’m tired of taking medication… I’m tired of trying to make life happen… I’m tired of being this super famous black woman with AIDS… I’m tired of doing it on my own.. I’m tired of trying to save those that I’m suppose to be saving…  I’m tired of trying to make life work… I’m  FUCKING tired of AIDS… I’m tired of deciding if I should buy groceries or pay my cell phone bill with the little money I do manage to get. I’m tired, tired, tired. I’m even tired of being tired, so I just be.
The Next Frontier? ACT UP Is Now Petitioning the U.S. Senate to Start Price Negotiations For Hep C Cures With Big PharmaThe New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to negotiate with Gilead Sciences to establish a lower — 90% lower — price for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the company’s new life-changing new cure for the hepatitis C virus.Currently, the drug costs about $1,000 per pill, or nearly $84,000 for a full course of treatment and has made the pharmaceutical giant nearly $5.8 billion since the beginning of this year.
Now, what do you think would happen if somebody came out with a cure for HIV?

The Next Frontier? ACT UP Is Now Petitioning the U.S. Senate to Start Price Negotiations For Hep C Cures With Big Pharma

The New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to negotiate with Gilead Sciences to establish a lower — 90% lower — price for Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the company’s new life-changing new cure for the hepatitis C virus.

Currently, the drug costs about $1,000 per pill, or nearly $84,000 for a full course of treatment and has made the pharmaceutical giant nearly $5.8 billion since the beginning of this year.

Now, what do you think would happen if somebody came out with a cure for HIV?

Having HIV May Mean Getting Heart Health Medications OverlookedA new study at Duke University has uncovered that the school doled out hypertension drugs, statins and aspirin to HIV-positive people at a much lower rate than their HIV-negative patients.
That’s despite the fact that the two groups had heart health risks that were essentially the same. Could this be happening elsewhere in the U.S.?

Having HIV May Mean Getting Heart Health Medications Overlooked

A new study at Duke University has uncovered that the school doled out hypertension drugs, statins and aspirin to HIV-positive people at a much lower rate than their HIV-negative patients.

That’s despite the fact that the two groups had heart health risks that were essentially the same. Could this be happening elsewhere in the U.S.?

The AIDS Grove Just Renamed Its Youth Scholarship to Honor Pedro Zamora!

Zamora was an AIDS educator, activist and reality television star. At the age of 22, the HIV-positive gay Latino shared his journey with the virus on MTV’s The Real World 3: San Francisco. The show aired in 1994. The scholarship will honor his contributions 20 years after his passing.

High school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors ages 27 and younger are eligible. They must demonstrate current public service and leadership roles in the HIV/AIDS fight. They also must intend to pursue a career that will have with a clear impact on the epidemic.

Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, October 15. Recipients will be announced Monday, December 1, which is World AIDS Day. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.