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AIDSWatch 2019

AIDSWatch is the largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event in the nation. AIDSWatch provides the space for people living with HIV and their allies to meet with members of Congress and to educate them about the important issues at stake for people living with HIV in the United States. Tuesday, April 2, we went to D.C and had a great discussion around the continued funding of healthcare for the under-served, Hepatitis C treatment, and services for our clients. AIDSWatch 2019 was an amazing conference filled with so many necessary ...

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New Services Available at The Nest

For over 30 years, Harlem United has provided comprehensive, client-centered care to the community. This year, we are able to expand the scope of our care to include cardiology and podiatry services. Before our partnership with Gramercy Cardiac Diagnostic Services, heart doctor referrals for our patients took anywhere from 3-6 months. Now we are able to offer on-site cardiology services. Every Wednesday from 9 AM to 1 PM, a specialist will be at The Nest working together with your primary doctor to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of heart needs. Foot care ...

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GENDA Passes In New York State!

Important news out of Albany today: New York State passed GENDA — the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act! This bill solidifies existing protections by explicitly including gender identity and expression in the New York Human Rights Law. Transgender and gender nonconforming people face increased discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. They are also at increased risk of bullying, harassment, and poverty. New York now joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in protecting all residents, including transgender and gender non-conform...

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It’s Spring! We’re taking healthcare to the streets

Spring is in the air and we are out in the streets full force, meeting people where they are — literally and metaphorically — to make sure nothing stands in the way of a full and healthy life. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to in the past week. HARLEM UNITED PRESENTS AT IRIS HOUSE On Monday, May 7th, two of our staff and two of our peer educators presented at the 13th Annual Iris House Women as the Face of AIDS Summit. We’re so proud of the work that Yonce and Ray, two peer educators, have been doing over the past year to educate their fellow clients and ...

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Why Patricia is combining art therapy and activism

Patricia first came to Harlem United a year into her recovery, hoping to not just survive but thrive, and one of the first programs that she connected with was art therapy. “Some things that I did were self-destructive and I’m not going to be able to cure that right away. Working on yourself doesn’t happen overnight.” Addiction led to risky sex and other behaviors with results that Patricia is not happy about, including an HIV diagnosis. Which is why some of her art takes an activist stance. One of her earlier pieces is a pop art - activist mashup, ...

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How art therapy is changing Ellen’s life

Ellen will be quick to tell you that she’s not an artist, but her dozens of paintings over the past thirteen years tell a different tale. When she first started in the art therapy program in 2004, she says that she didn’t really know what she was doing. “I was just throwing paint on. But I kept coming back every time that I could.” Today, Ellen paints with skill and focus, selecting the subjects of her paintings with care and consideration and always trying to learn something new — from Donna, our art therapist, and also from her fellow artists. Picasso’s ...

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Time-Sensitive HIV/AIDS Call to Action!

Friday’s World AIDS Day event in NYC was an exciting moment in New York State’s effort to end our HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020. New HIV diagnoses in New York State have decreased to historic lows and we have demonstrated major progress toward achieving our ETE goals. All of you are part of this progress! In honor of World AIDS Day, I’m asking YOU to make calls to State and federal representatives this week so that we can get to the finish line and end New York’s AIDS epidemic. 1. Call Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Roberts to ask them to increase access to rental ...

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What you need to know about overdoses & the opioid epidemic

The rate of opioid overdose in the United States has tripled since 2000. To make matters more complicated, it's not always clear who is at risk for an overdose. The image you have in your mind of who a "drug user" is could be based on an inaccurate stereotype. International Overdose Awareness Day is this Thursday and we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to keep yourself and your friends and family safe — and to help you understand who may be affected and what you can do to help. What can cause an overdose? When you think of an overdo...

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President Trump’s action on transgender military service weakens America

The United States of America is made stronger when all its residents are able to live fully as themselves. President Trump's announcement today that the United States military will not “accept or allow” transgender service members weakens our national security and insults the dignity of transgender Americans—including the thousands currently serving in our armed forces. For nearly 30 years, Harlem United has been providing hope, health, and healing to our communities in Harlem and beyond—communities that include transgender New Yorkers, veterans, and ...

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A “Gender Revolution” at Harlem United

As a trans woman, I face a variety of issues daily. The most common is getting people to recognize that I am a lady and not a man. Some people feel that because I was born a man, I am a man. In fact, they will argue with me to the point that I feel nothing I say will change their mind. This is a dangerous way of thinking because it often leads to disrespect and discrimination, like being told what bathroom I am allowed to use. When I was asked to facilitate a group of clients in Harlem United's advocacy program to watch the documentary, Gender Revolution: A Journey with ...

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