New York: GMHC Launches Crystal Task Force
March 4, 2004
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will formally launch a task force in the next two weeks to create a strategy to respond to crystal meth use and HIV among gay men. William S. Floyd, co-chair of GMHC's board of directors, said the group has sent about 16 invitations to various people and 13 have agreed informally to join, including Jay Laudato of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; Richard Burns of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center; Dennis deLeon of the Latino Commission on AIDS; and researchers Dr. Alex Carballo-Dieguez and Dr. Perry Halkitis, a founder of the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST).Adapted from:
The task force will address issues such as crystal meth use, syphilis, and growing HIV rates. It is scheduled to complete its work by June and make recommendations to GMHC's board. GMHC and other AIDS organizations have been sharply criticized in recent town meetings for failing to respond to the issue of crystal meth use and increased HIV infections.
Peter Staley, a longtime AIDS activist who helped fund anti-crystal ads in Chelsea, said he will sit on the task force and he hopes GMHC "will take a leadership position in this crisis." Dan Carlson and Bruce Kellerhouse, who organized the town meetings, have been asked to join the task force but have not decided yet if they will participate. The two men and Staley have launched a six-member crystal meth working group to create an anti-crystal campaign building on the ads.
Gay City News
02.26.2004; Duncan Osborne
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.