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Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center Offers Hope on World AIDS Day

Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center Offers Hope on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

At the Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center located at 645 10th Avenue from 1 – 4 free testing with results in 20 minutes, risk assessment, sexual health information, PrEp and Pep information, games, raffles and prizes. Sexual health is about getting informed, communicating and finding out your prevention options so you can be free to be yourself.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has bluntly titled its new report Blind Spot and notes in its first sentence that focusing on boys and men may seem “counterintuitive” given the gender inequalities that often put girls and women at a disadvantage when it comes to infection and treatment. More than 20 million of the 37 million HIV-infected people in the world now receive antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which both save lives and prevent transmission. But in people 15 years of age or older, ARV coverage of males is only 47% compared with 60% for women.

Men suffered 58% of the 1 million AIDS deaths in the world in 2016, and in sub-Saharan Africa, the hardest hit region, men only account for 41% of the HIV-infected population. But men there are 20% less likely than women to know their HIV status, and men who do start ARVs are less likely to stick with their treatment and drive viral levels down to undetectable levels.

36.7 million individuals are living with HIV/AIDS. The cost is approximately $25,000 per year, per person. This outrageous expense is unfair, especially since low-income individuals have a much higher chance of contracting this debilitating disease. Everyone, especially the most vulnerable, should have access to affordable drugs to keep HIV/AIDS at bay and maintain the health of the community from this terrible disease. At Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center you have a place to get your health not only looked at but a place that treats you like a human.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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