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AIDS Action Committee

Governor’s 9C cuts could derail efforts to reduce new HIV infections

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
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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Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition releases plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, led by the AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health, and over 35 supporting organizations from the six health regions of the Commonwealth, today released a plan to end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. The plan seeks to ensure that by 2020, 90 percent of those living with HIV are aware of their status; 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are treated with antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of those receiving antiretroviral treatment are virally suppressed. It is modeled on the Getting to Zero new HIV infections plan created by the Joint United Nations Programme on 
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Shirley Royster: AIDS Activist and Survivor

By | AIDS Action Committee, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, Living with HIV/AIDS | One Comment
In 1986, Shirley Royster, then 39-years-old, learned that she had been exposed to the virus that caused AIDS. The news wasn’t a complete surprise to her; she had spent a number of years on the streets struggling with drug addiction. When she learned that her former girlfriend, a woman she shared needles with regularly, had died from AIDS, Shirley knew she needed to get tested. In the early days of the disease, the response was the same everywhere Shirley went; the only information she was given was ‘get your affairs in order.’ Royster heeded that advice and made arrangements for 
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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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