Archive for 2014

AFA and The Community Health Network Join Forces to Support NYC Community

AFA and The Community Health Network Join Forces to Support NYC Community

  • 30th July 2014
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Every day there are more bonds that unite AID FOR AIDS and other community organizations. We are confident that creating new alliances is key to achieving an AIDS-free generation. We all know HIV does not discriminate based on age, skin color, sexual orientation, social status or gender. Any one of us could be at risk of acquiring HIV if we don’t take the appropriate measures. Therefore, AID FOR AIDS works every day to teach and train hundreds of people, to expand our programs and services, and to create new alliances that allow us to meet our goals. Today, we want to announce our new alliance with The Community Health Network, an organization that provides primary and mental health care. Among their programs is SHINE, a project focused on both the transgender population and the community at large. The Community Health Network provides testing services for HIV and other sexually transmitted…
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Young entrepreneurs use summer vacation for good

Young entrepreneurs use summer vacation for good

  • 22nd July 2014
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This weekend in Sunset Beach in Shelter Island, three young entrepreneurs became philanthropists when they donated all the proceeds from the sale of their home-made seashell necklaces to AID FOR AIDS. Iris, Gabrielle and Shania collected all the shells themselves, and then made the necklaces, which they sold to passerby all of Saturday morning. Thank you so much to these three wonderful kids for their effort and for keeping AID FOR AIDS on their minds during their summer weekend at the beach.
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Latinos – As Inspirational Multipliers

Latinos – As Inspirational Multipliers

  • 18th July 2014
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This summer the non-profit AID FOR AIDS (AFA) is preparing to go where no other Latino organization has ever gone before. AFA's annual My Hero Gala will be the first organized by a Latino group at The Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That's the renowned Egyptian temple that was built around 15 BC and the same space that recently hosted the ribbon-cutting of the Anna Wintour Costume Center. First Lady Michelle Obama, who dedicated the center, told students at the event that they should follow Wintour's lead. "Use your power to be an inspiration multiplier." Read more: (click on image to make it larger)    
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AID FOR AIDS Mourns the Loss of AIDS Activists and Researchers, Including Joep Lange, Leading HIV Expert

AID FOR AIDS Mourns the Loss of AIDS Activists and Researchers, Including Joep Lange, Leading HIV Expert

  • 18th July 2014
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“Today is a day of sadness and deep grief” says Jesus Aguais, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS for AIDS.  Joep Lange, Dutch scientist and former President of the AIDS Society, has been a world leader in HIV treatment research for over twenty years.  Along with Dr. Lange, more than 100 other representatives, leaders and experts in the AIDS field have been permanently silenced by this act of terror.  Those who worked to save lives have lost theirs as a consequence of this heinous act.  This terrible loss not only puts a cloud over those gathered in Melbourne, Australia for the International AIDS Conference, but over all activists, Health Care Providers, Policy Advocates and researches in the HIV field. This is also a sad day for the thousands of people who would have benefited from the future work of all those lost.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families,…
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New York City Gay Pride Parade 2014

New York City Gay Pride Parade 2014

  • 17th July 2014
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Just a few short weeks ago, AID FOR AIDS – along with hundreds of other non-profit organizations, corporate sponsors, and political campaigns – took to the streets of New York City in celebration of the 2014 Gay Pride Week. Not only was this year’s Pride March memorable for its spectacular floats, decked-out dancers, and all-around enthusiasm, it was also historically significant; this past June marked the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots – a series of protests throughout the West Village that sparked the modern gay rights movement. Among the thousands of DJs, dancers, and rainbow flags, you may have spotted the AID FOR AIDS’ team making its way down 5th Avenue, boasting a float full of spirited performers and banners with this year’s slogan – “Take Off the Mask.” With this slogan, we aimed to stress the importance of getting tested, knowing your status and honoring your real…
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AID FOR AIDS Perú Celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with a Gala Dinner

AID FOR AIDS Perú Celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with a Gala Dinner

  • 16th July 2014
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AID FOR AIDS Peru celebrated its 15th anniversary with a Gala Dinner held at the United Nations building in Lima, on Friday, July 11th. This event was attended by entrepreneurs, artists, NGO partners, cooperating agencies and friends who, in one way or another, have supported us for years, making it possible for us to fulfill our mission to SAVE LIVES ONE BY ONE. Ernesto Pimentel, whom we thank for his unrivaled support and cooperation in helping us develop our HIV Access Treatment Program, sponsored this Gala in gratitude for the award given to him by AFA New York last November in New York City. AID FOR AIDS’ Founder and Executive Director, Jesús Aguais, and Angélica Fuentes, Founder of The Angélica Fuentes Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of AID FOR AIDS, were present at the event to recognize Ms. Cecilia Tait, Congresswonan of Peru, with the My Hero…
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AFA saves one more life in Venezuela

AFA saves one more life in Venezuela

  • 15th July 2014
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One afternoon in May we received an email from Caracas, Venezuela. Among the many e-mails we had received lately that related to the current Venezuelan pharmaceutical crisis, this one stood out. Ricardo told us the story of his wife, who had just been diagnosed with HIV in February, and was also 33-weeks pregnant. It wouldn't be long before Angélica gave birth to her baby in a hospital in Venezuela. Through that e-mail we could feel Angélica and Ricardo's concern about their baby's future.  Ricardo requested AZT pediatric (Zidovudina), which had to be given to their baby during the weeks following birth in order to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition. Ricardo and Angélica's story really moved us. Immediately our staff began with the search of the medicine. One of our beneficiaries donated 8 bottles of the medicine Ricardo was requesting.  Furthermore, we contacted Elm Drugs Pharmacy, and they donated 6…
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#SOSVenezuela: We Still Need Your Help!

#SOSVenezuela: We Still Need Your Help!

  • 11th July 2014
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Currently Venezuela faces a political, economic and social situation that has affected different sectors of the population. The scarcity of commodities is a clear example of these negative effects, and it seems to have become the rule in the South American country. The pharmaceutical industry has been severely affected by the inability to acquire foreign currency needed to buy medicines. This difficulty is largely due to a rigid currency control implemented by the Venezuelan government. Among those most affected by the medicinal scarcity are people with HIV. We all know that a thorough and constant HIV treatment regimen is a key element for treatment adherence; and therefore, to maintain the health of those with HIV. For this reason, at AFA, we are deeply concerned by the situation that Venezuela faces. That's why we have developed our #SOSVenezuela campaign, with which we have sent over $ 98,000 worth of antiretroviral drugs…
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AID FOR AIDS teamed up with The Junction Blvd Pharmacy

AID FOR AIDS teamed up with The Junction Blvd Pharmacy

  • 3rd July 2014
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We are very pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between AID FOR AIDS and the Junction Blvd Pharmacy in Queens, New York. This means that AID FOR AIDS’ free and confidential HIV testing services will now be expanded to all of those who live in Queens. Anyone can stop by the Junction Blvd Pharmacy, every Wednesday from 9:00 am. to 12:00 pm. 9553 Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Heights, NY 11372 Remember, an early diagnosis is the key to fighting the HIV epidemic. Take this opportunity to get tested today. About The Junction Blvd Pharmacy Since 2000, the Junction Blvd Pharmacy has been serving the largely Latino community of Queens, New York. Our focus has always been to provide the highest quality of health care services to our patients – in the distribution of both medicine and educational information. Many of our beneficiaries have HIV, making it extremely important that we…
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Mezcla, a night full of entertainment and success

Mezcla, a night full of entertainment and success

  • 3rd July 2014
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AID FOR AIDS would like to thank all the talent that made our pop-up performance and art show this week a huge success. Over 300 of you enjoyed the art and performances by , Barbra Herr , Rossmery Almonte , and J.Truly . Congratulations to the evening's honorees: Tony nominated actress Olga Merediz, the team at FoxNewsLatino and Mr. Carlos Vassallo from Latin Visiosn. Thank you to our partners LatinTRENDS and Santa Teresa Rum. Please check our photo gallery here. Special Thanks to our Photographers: Richard Firicano Allspark Photography Alberto Ferreras
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