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World AIDS Day 2017: Get Involved

Events in New York City during the week leading up to World AIDS Day, December 1, mark the progress we’ve made—and have yet to make—in the fight against AIDS


Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 |

(New York, NY)—Each year, World AIDS Day—December 1—gives us opportunities to raise awareness about the critical issues about the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and around the world. And as Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) commemorates its 35th year, we’re reflecting not only on whom we’ve lost, but on what the epidemic looks like today—and how we’re working to end it.

This year, that means we’re focusing on several key issues, including long-term survivors. Below is a sampling of activities in which GMHC is participating. We hope you can join us.

On Wednesday, November 29, from 5-7pm, GMHC is hosting a community discussion about long-term survivors at its Midtown West headquarters. As more HIV-positive people are able to grow older because of advances in HIV treatment, GMHC is working to understand this population and how we can help them live happier, healthier lives. Join us for a panel discussion with Vanessa Campus, Community Health Educator, GMHC; Stephen Karpiak, Senior Director for Research, ACRIA; activist Sean McKenna; and GMHC VP of Public Affairs and Policy Eric Sawyer in a discussion moderated by Greg Bruckno, Long-Term Survivor Specialist at GMHC. Light dinner and refreshments will be served. RSVP: GMHC Headquarters, 446 W. 33rd St.

On Thursday, November 30, from 6-8pm, join GMHC and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for the opening reception of “Art & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival,” an art exhibition commemorating GMHC’s 35th anniversary and the long-term survivor community. The exhibition features dozens of works created by GMHC clients. The opening reception is free and open to the public; no RSVP required. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 26 Wooster St.

On Friday, December 1 (World AIDS Day), from 11am-1pm, GMHC is co-sponsoring the 4th annual World AIDS Day event hosted by the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre. Past speakers have included major elected officials, AIDS activists, and community members. More information, and to RSVP: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

Also on Friday, December 1, starting at 6pm, join GMHC and other organizations as we co-host the 26th Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day candlelight vigil at the New York City AIDS Memorial in Greenwich Village. Guest speakers, including GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie, will address the crowd before marching through the streets of the Village to St. John’s Lutheran Church, where there will be further remarks. Free and open to the public. New York City AIDS Memorial, Greenwich Avenue and W. 12th St.; St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St.

On Thursday, December 7, from 6-8pm, join GMHC at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art for a panel discussion about the influence of art in the AIDS epidemic during the last 35 years. More information, and to RSVP: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 26 Wooster St.


About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit