On May 25, 1999, two of New York's leading AIDS service organizations announced the consolidation of their programs. In response to changing needs and shrinking resources, Body Positive and the People With AIDS Coalition of New York have decided to integrate their services, which will continue to be delivered under the Body Positive banner.
The consolidation brings together two organizations with proud histories of service, advocacy, and support for people living with HIV and AIDS. BP and PWAC, as they are known, share the basic philosophy of empowerment -- the belief that the people living with the virus are best qualified to decide how they should live with the virus. The services of both groups support that philosophy, providing individuals with the tools they need to make their own choices as they face the challenges of HIV and AIDS.
The brief histories below describe some of the accomplishments of BP and PWAC and the legacy each brings to the expanded Body Positive.
This article was provided by Body Positive. It is a part of the publication Body Positive.