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HIV Frontlines: Addressing the Needs of the API Community in New York City

A Conversation With Robert Murayama, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS Community Health Center (APICHA CHC)

May 17, 2012

That's such a critical piece that I wish more LGBT organizations would do. There are so many younger gay men who don't have any role models and don't have any one gay in their lives to help them navigate the early stages of being out.

We are very excited about that program. We believe that mentorship is really helpful, because so often the only source of information might be from our families and, if you are gay, then most likely you are not getting the information that you need. And in terms of their peers, they may not be the best source of information.

It's also nice to have somebody not only helping you with making connections, but helping you with sort of organizing your life. So we have men from different backgrounds give presentations on various aspects like how to balance your checkbook, how to prepare a resume, and how to dress for success.

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Comment by: Bric B. (Manila, Philippines) Fri., May. 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm EDT
APICHA is the forefront not only to the needs of Asian & Pacific Islanders on HIV/AIDS , but also to the LGBT communities in NYC. Through the leadership of Dr Muryama, management, board and support of the staff, this new endeavor wouldn't be possible. As a former staff of APICHA I am proud to witness this milestone! Kudos to ya' all!
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