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ACT UP New York's Banner Year in HIV Prevention May Show Us How to Prevent a Plague

December 16, 2013

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ACT UP New York's Banner Year in HIV Prevention May Show Us How to Prevent a Plague

If you know anything about AIDS activism, then you know that the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was among the first groups on the frontlines making sure that the lives of people living with and dying from AIDS-related illnesses, and the health of those at risk for HIV, were cared for and paid attention to. Now, more than 25 years after their genesis in 1987, after they've taught us how to survive a plague, and after the death of one of their highest-profile early members, Spencer Cox, the New York chapter has reemerged with a new agenda: prevention.

Let's get it right: ACT UP has never gone away. The group, which has many chapters in other cities around the world, has always been a part of the conversation when it comes to HIV/AIDS. However, with recent CDC statistics indicating that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. is still highly disproportionately affecting gay men, especially young gay men of color, ACT UP New York (ACT UP NY) has responded with the formation of the Prevention of HIV Action Group (PHAG). A few members of PHAG spoke with us about this notable year for the group.

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Comment by: Not Dead Yet Mon., Dec. 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm UTC
Are there any organizations left that advocate for people who are already HIV positive?
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Comment by: FightAIDS (NY, NY) Tue., Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm UTC
Yes, ACT UP still does that. This seems to be an article about one sliver of ACT UP, not the whole organization. ACT UP, from my knowledge, is currently working on criminalization, organ donations for HIV-positive persons and other issues affecting those living with HIV. Also, the group is made up of many people living with HIV and offers constant support for those people :)

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