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Gay Men's Health Crisis

Who We Are

GMHC is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

Our Mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

What We Believe

  • With the right information, care and support, it is possible to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
  • When people feel a sense of community, are empowered with pride and armed with information, they're able to model healthy behaviors, build relationships and experience hope.
  • To end the AIDS epidemic, we need comprehensive solutions that promote education, increase awareness, improve care, reduce stigma, elevate policy and build strong, supportive communities.

How We Make a Difference

  • Answers that give hope: Whether it's getting tested, living with HIV/AIDS, succeeding at home and work or elevating our voice for policy change, we provide answers that give hope.
  • Care that promotes health: We understand the root causes of the disease and take a holistic approach to care -- from medical treatment and counseling to legal services and job placement -- that promotes total well-being for your whole life.
  • We help you develop meaningful relationships within the GMHC community, receive support and give back to others along the way, so you feel a sense of confidence and pride that empowers your life on your terms.

Why It Matters

AIDS is not over. In fact, awareness is down as new infections are up -- including among women, people of color and men who have sex with men. The roots of the epidemic are wide and deep, from stigma and misinformation to the increasing cost of care. At GMHC, we believe we can end the epidemic by addressing the underlying causes, shifting cultural beliefs and promoting smart behaviors that empower a healthy life for all of us.


In 1981, six gay men united against fear and death from a mysterious disease then referred to as a "gay cancer." They began collecting money from friends for research into this new disease. As the group grew and came to grips with the fact that it was such a crisis for gay men, the name of the organization was created -- Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Fight AIDS. Love Life.

Since before AIDS had a name and until the epidemic is over, GMHC will continue to fight AIDS and love life. To learn more about GMHC or how you can donate, volunteer, tour the agency, or become a client, visit, contact us by email, or call 212.367.1000.

How to Reach GMHC

Gay Men's Health Crisis
446 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212.367.1000, 1.800.AIDS.NYC

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