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GMHC will host "Understanding the Gardner Cascade: A Tool to Help End AIDS in the Black Community" for Black History Month

2.10.2014

New York, NY--On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7), GMHC announced the upcoming community event, "Understanding the Gardner Cascade:  A Tool to Help End AIDS in the Black Community." The discussion will focus on the ways to improve the HIV care continuum among African Americans living with HIV and AIDS, and supporting those who are at risk of HIV.

The HIV care continuum (also known as the Gardner Cascade created by Edward Gardner, MD) consists of the following steps: HIV diagnosis, linkage to care, staying in care, getting antiretroviral therapy to viral suppression.  According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 25 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. have achieved viral suppression. In other words, three out of four people living with HIV in the United States have not been successfully supported in navigating the entire HIV care continuum. Among racial and ethnic groups, African Americans are the least likely to be in ongoing care or to have their virus under control.
 
Janet Weinberg, Interim, CEO at GMHC commented: "From our clients, volunteers and staff to our Board members and supporters, we at GMHC are all connected to the Gardner Cascade. We coordinate our clients' care so that they can stay adherent to treatment and become virally suppressed. We offer free testing and prevention education to reduce the amount of people affected by HIV in diverse communities. We also advocate for funding in order to support our life-sustaining work. The Gardner Cascade is an important tool that can guide us along each step to end the epidemic in all communities."
 
The guest panelists include:
Michelle Cespedes, MD, Division of Infectious Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
Ingrid Floyd, MBA, Iris House
Julie Myers, MD, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Manny Rivera, Consumer Advisory Board, GMHC
Demetrius Thomas, JD Public Policy Department, GMHC
Stephanie L., Consumer Advisory Board, GMHC
 
Guest moderator:  Lynnette Ford, MSW, Program Services and Evaluation, GMHC

EVENT INFORMATION
"Understanding the Gardner Cascade: A Tool to Help End AIDS in the Black Community"
A discussion on the ways to improve the HIV care continuum among African Americans living with HIV and AIDS, and supporting those who are at risk of HIV.
 
When: Thursday, February 20, 6pm–7:30pm
Where: GMHC, 446 West 33rd Street - 7th floor Dining Room (between 9th and 10th Avenues), NYC
 
The panelists and moderator will be available for interviews after the event.