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“Turning the Tide Together”

5 year Retrospective “Getting to Zero.” Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Death

We give a special thank you to the organizations on this page for their support in creating today’s event.

Saint Mary’s Center

The mission of the NYC Faith in Action Coalition for HIV/AIDS is to educate the Communities we serve on issues of HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Education. Formed in 2008, the Coalition is a city-wide partnership comprised of individuals, Faith Organizations, Health and Secular Organizations working collectively toward the goal to reduce and eliminate HIV and AIDS in New York City.

5 Year Retrospective. Turning the Tide Together: "Getting to Zero” HIV Infections The New York City Faith-based and Community Organizations is committed to meeting the wider social and economic needs of individuals affected by HIV. We support programs and policies that provide and improve access to HIV prevention education, treatment and care. Despite our successes, the coalition remains acutely aware that HIV-related stigma and discrimination continues to seriously hamper efforts to engage individuals to get and stay connected to HIV care. As a part of our HIV and AIDS community engagement, the coalition will host its 5 year community evaluation meeting to discuss our successes and current related social services issues as we “Turn the Tide together”.

HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV damages a person’s body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. Within a few weeks of being infected with HIV, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies. All people with HIV should be seen on a regular basis by a health care provider experienced with treating HIV infection. Many people with HIV, including those who feel healthy, can benefit greatly from current medications used to treat HIV infection. These medications can limit or slow down the destruction of the immune system, improve the health of people living with HIV, and may reduce their ability to transmit HIV. Untreated early HIV infection is also associated with many diseases including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer. Support services are also available to many people with HIV. These services can help people cope with their diagnosis, reduce risk behavior, and find needed services.

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers. Before the development of certain medications, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Currently, people can live much longer - even decades - with HIV before they develop AIDS. This is because of “highly active” combinations of medications

History: The Denver Principles were drafted during the 1983 People Living with HIV and AIDS conference as a living document. They read: We condemn attempts to label us as ‘victims,’ a term that implies defeat, and we are only occasionally ‘patients,’ a term that implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. Support us in our struggle against those who would fire us from our jobs, evict us from our homes, refuse to touch us or separate us from our loved ones, our community or our peers, since available evidence does not support the view that AIDS can be spread by casual, social contact. Not scapegoat people with AIDS, blame us for the epidemic or generalize about our lifestyles. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS. Form caucuses to choose their own representatives, to deal with the media, to choose their own agenda and to plan their own strategies. Be involved at every level of decision-making and specifically serve on the boards of directors of provider organizations. Be included in all AIDS forums with equal credibility as other participants, to share their own experiences and knowledge. Substitute low-risk sexual behaviors for those that could endanger themselves or their partners; we feel people with AIDS have an ethical responsibility to inform their potential sexual partners of their health status. RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH AIDS. To a full and satisfying sexual and emotional lives as anyone else. To quality medical treatment and quality social service provision without discrimination of any form including sexual orientation, gender, diagnosis, economic status or race. To full explanations of all medical procedures and risks, to choose or refuse their treatment modalities, to refuse to participate in research without jeopardizing their treatment and to make informed decisions about their lives. To privacy, to confidentiality of medical records, to human respect and to choose who their significant others are. To die--and to LIVE--in dignity. Source:

Forum Agenda Opening Worship Service 5 year Retrospective Update People Living with HIV and AIDS (A Denver Principles Discussion) (Break) Community

Resources Community Advocacy—Wrap UP Lite Dinner / Networking __________________________________________________

Order of Worship Service (1:00 pm—1:55 pm) Event Welcome

Chaplain Dan Shenk, Saint Mary's Center

Church Welcome

J. Elise Brown, Sr. Minister, Advent Lutheran Church

Musical Selection

Cary Goodman - Balm in Gilead


Rev. Ronnie Adams, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries

A Monologue

From the stage play What Would Jesus Do? written by Yvette Heyliger and performed by Helen Sanders, National Black HIV/STD Theatre Initiative


Minister Antionettea Etienne - Iris House

5 year Retrospective Update (Event Panelist are subject to change) (2:00 pm —2:55 pm) Panel Introduction by Oliver W. Martin III | General Secretary New York City Faith in Acton for HIV& AIDS Coalition Panel Moderator Jessica A. Allen, Chief Executive Officer Watchful Eye - Testing, Outreach and Prevention Initiative Panelist Dr. Blayne Cutler | Assistant Commissioner Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Sharen Duke l Chief Executive Officer AIDS Service Center NYC Elder Stacey S. Latimer l President Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise – Worship Center of New York City & LAI Foundation ____________________________________________________________________ People Living with HIV and AIDS — (A Denver Principles Discussion) (3:00 pm—3:55 pm) Panel introduction by Co-Chair Denise Drayton, Servant Leader Healing Touch HIV/AIDS Ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church Panel Moderator Donald Powell, Director of Development & Supportive Services Exponents, Inc. Panelist Justin LiGreci - LTI Youth Organizer - PWA LTI Cicatelli Associates Dana Diamond, Director of Education ARRIVE Program Exponents Inc. Suki Hernandez—Brethren Care Village Ed Shaw, Board Chair—New York Association on HIV Over 50 Inc. Break

Community Resources (4:30 pm—5:25 pm) Panel introduction by Co-Chair for Community Resources Rev. Londro B. Wilson, President, Community Health and Awareness Ministry Panel Moderator Orbit Clanton - Convent Baptist Church HIV & AIDS Ministry & National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. Panelist Audrey Guess – Director - Anti-Stigma Campaign Guess Who Productions Jan Carl Park, Governmental Co-chair Ryan White HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council of New York - Ryan White Title I Robert Lozano, Bristol Myers Squibb Patient and Community Affairs Manager Sam Rivera, Board President Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) _______________________________________________________ Community Advocacy (5:30 pm—6:30 pm) Panel introduction by Co-Chair Charles W. Shorter, MSW, William F. Ryan Community Health Centers Panel Moderator Jessica Reinhart, Senior Grassroots Community Manager AIDS Healthcare Foundation Panelist NYC and NYS Governmental Policy Updates Esther W. Y. Lok, M.P.A & M.Ed., Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Assistant Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research & Senior Policy Analyst for HIV & AIDS Community Perspective Jason L. Walker, HIV/AIDS Housing Network Coordinator VOCAL-NY

Wrap up / Next Steps: Charles W. Shorter & Oliver W. Martin III

Spiritual Outreach Services for HIV and AIDS

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Conscious Contact is an organization dedicated to eradicating HIV, AIDS and other preventable diseases by providing various prevention and education programs within the communities we serve.

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