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Governor Recommends Cutting Investment In HIV Prevention By $4.8 Million

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Gov. Charlie Baker has recommended cutting $4.8 million from the state’s investment in HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and outreach in his proposed FY2018 budget. The recommendation follows a $900,000 9C cut in HIV/AIDS prevention by the Gov. Baker to the current fiscal year’s budget. That would bring state funding for HIV/AIDS prevention to $28.3 million. According to the state’s most recent fact sheet on the HIV epidemic in Massachusetts, the percentage of people living with HIV in the state increases approximately three percent each year. “From 2000 to 2014, the number of people living with HIV infection increased by 56%. During 
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AIDS Action Committee Receives $200K Pfizer Grant To Expand Services For Injection Drug Users

By | AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, Needle Exchange Program | No Comments
As the state continues to grapple with an epidemic of opioid addiction that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives in just three years, AIDS Action Committee’s Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program is growing to meet an increased demand for services. A new street-based outreach program sends staff into the community to invite people who inject drugs to its drop-in centers. Staff can also provide services on the spot such as wound care, syringe exchange, and referrals to other services. AIDS Action was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from Pfizer, Inc. to support and expand this work. “Despite the continued surge 
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Governor’s 9C cuts could derail efforts to reduce new HIV infections

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
This week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $98 million in mid-year budget cuts to prepare for anticipated revenue shortfalls, with nearly $1 million being cut from the HIV/AIDS line item. AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino released the following statement in response: “The governor’s mid-year budget cuts could not come at a worse time for the state’s HIV prevention efforts. Initiatives to educate the public about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an HIV prevention tool that holds extraordinary promise, are just beginning to gain traction. The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, which is made up of organizations from every region of the 
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H2B Rider Spotlight: Carl Sciortino

By | AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health Newsroom, Harbor to the Bay, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
From the State House to the shores of Provincetown, there’s nowhere that Carl Sciortino, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee, won’t go to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. On September 17, Carl will be strapping on his helmet and joining hundreds of dedicated riders and crew members for the 14th Annual Harbor to the Bay (H2B) bike ride. Carl’s passion for AIDS advocacy long predates his leadership position at AIDS Action Committee. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2005 to 2014, when he stepped down to become AIDS Action’s Executive Director. While in office, Carl 
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H2B Crew Member Spotlight: Mikhaela Houston

By | AIDS Action Committee, Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, Harbor to the Bay, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Harbor to the Bay (H2B) – a yearly charity bike ride from Boston to Provincetown to raise money for HIV/AIDS organizations – has a dedicated base of veteran riders and volunteers that make up the H2B family. Like in any family, H2B is always changing and growing, with new additions making it stronger each year. Mikhaela Houston, a first time H2B crew member this year, is excited to join the people who help make this event – and its lifesaving fundraising – such a success. Mikhaela first heard about H2B when she was volunteering at this year’s AIDS Walk Boston 
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