Join The Center for Solidarity, Support, and Advocacy on World AIDS Day 2022

Uniting Against HIV/AIDS

Cyclist at the finish line holding their bike above their head in celebration.
Cycle for the Cause 2022, Photography by Vanessa Diaz

December 1 is World AIDS Day. As The Center’s HIV & Sexual Health Services Manager, I’d like to share an update from our community and invite you to recognize this important day alongside LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.

World AIDS Day calls us all to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, support people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from systemic neglect. This day is a stark reminder of the disenfranchisement that HIV-affected communities have been subject to, and of the need for equitable access to care.

For example, New York State’s most recent data shows that Black and Latine people are currently experiencing higher rates of new HIV diagnoses and prevalence. Most new HIV diagnoses in 2020 occurred in people under 40 years old. New Yorkers who are incarcerated or experiencing homelessness face especially steep barriers to HIV care. It is critical to prioritize these communities as we continue to combat the disease.

A group of people at the Aids Ball 2021 including someone in a red shirt and blue pants.
World of Aids Ball 2021, Photography by Mota Arts

We are grateful for the dedication and strength of our community members who bring this work to life by spreading hope, battling stigma, and keeping up the fight against persistent inequities. The actions we take today as individuals will continue to inspire and amplify our community’s efforts against AIDS for generations to come.

Please join The Center this World AIDS Day for solidarity and connection, holistic services, and advocacy opportunities.

In Community,
–Brandy Andrews
HIV & Sexual Health Services Manager

Make use of The Center’s in-person and virtual HIV services

Make use of The Center’s in-person and virtual HIV services. Our services include free, walk-in HIV testing in our building every week. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12-7 p.m, as well as free HIV self-test kits, available via mail or for in-person pickup at The Center, individual and group counseling, and assistance with housing and health insurance.