As you probably know, I work at GMHC, an organization which has been on the front line of the fight against HIV and AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. The struggle of those early years reverberates strongly today. In 1989, AIDS activists protested at NY City Hall with shouts of “Health care is a right!” We're still shouting the same message in 2017. If proposed changes to our health care system pass, people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS will suffer. Some will lose Medicaid coverage or won’t be able to access private insurance due to pre-existing conditions, others will experience an interruption in coverage and won't be able afford their medications, and people at risk may not have access to PrEP. This stands to not only harm individuals, but also to compromise so much of the progress we've made in the past few years.
Rates of HIV have been decreasing recently, but the tides can turn quickly. GMHC relies on both government and private funding to provide critical services that help this and other vulnerable populations get healthy, stay healthy and lead productive lives. This is the time to join the fight to end the AIDS epidemic!
This May I am walking in my fifth AIDS Walk. I have set an ambitious fundraising goal of $5000. Will you please support me? Your donation goes toward critical services such as immigration and legal representation, housing, HIV testing and prevention and care coordination for crucial health services!
Thank you for your support!