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March 6, 2017

Throughout the week of March 13-17, the Alliance will host a series of workshops, activities, and panel discussions on the importance of treatment for people living with chronic illness.

Topics will include:

  • Treatment adhearance strategies
  • Understanding Hepatitis C
  • PrEP & PEP
  • HIV treatment updates
  • Much, much more!

See full schedule below:

January 31, 2017

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@alliance.nyc, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION

(New York, NY) – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for Positive Change, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s executive orders on immigration:

"At The Alliance for Positive Change, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

In the wake of the executive orders issued by the new administration to ban entry of refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries; directing the construction of a menacing border wall; and threatening to withhold federal funding from our own sanctuary city and others, The Alliance for Positive Change reaffirms our commitment to serve all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

Our organization has grown and thrived largely through the hard work and steadfast commitment of our ethnically and culturally diverse staff, peers, and clients. We will continue to be an open, safe space, and resource for all New Yorkers.

At the Alliance, we stand together with our fellow New Yorkers, sister organizations, and our city and state governments in condemning discriminatory policies and embracing all New Yorkers.”

If you or someone you know is in need of help, connection to legal services, or support, please contact us at questions@alliance.nyc.

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November 9, 2016

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@ascnyc.org, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

SHAREN DUKE, AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC STATEMENT ON 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

(New York, NY) – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), released the following statement in response to the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election:

"This morning I was bewildered, saddened and confused by the presidential election results. Trump’s campaign was based on bigotry and shame. As the daughter of a holocaust survivor, as the director of an AIDS service agency, I choose hope over hatred, acceptance over fear, kindness over isolation, and activism over silence. We will now have to work harder and smarter. We must persevere.

At ASCNYC, we help people overcome addiction, access medical care, get their health back on track, escape homelessness, and rejoin the world of work. We all have the power to make positive changes in our lives and the world around us. We know how to address our country’s challenges. We need to hold our elected officials accountable to effectively represent us, our communities, and to ensure the resources needed to implement change. Our mission is too important for us to be quiet bystanders. Today we must act up and speak out."

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About ASCNYC

ASCNYC promotes Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions. ASCNYC’s free and confidential services help clients access medical care, overcome addiction, escape homelessness, rejoin the workforce, replace isolation with community, and lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives. For more information, visit www.ascnyc.org.

July 8, 2016

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@ascnyc.org, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC REACTS TO THE DEATHS OF ALTON STERLING & PHILANDO CASTILE

(New York, NY) – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), released the following statement in response to the recent violence by and against the police:

“ASCNYC is grieving for the recent loss of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police officers this week. We also grieve for the five police officers killed in Dallas during a rally supporting Black Lives Matter last night. These senseless acts of violence are heartbreaking, cannot be condoned, and must be stopped. Our thoughts are with those lost and their loved ones.

For 25 years, our organization has been dedicated to diversity and inclusion. At our locations across the city, we provide New Yorkers of all races, sexual identities, and backgrounds with a safe place to find help. In these challenging times, safe spaces like these are more important than ever.

We must remain united and continue to support each other. Together we can work towards a society where everyone matters and everyone is treated with respect and kindness.”

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About ASCNYC

ASCNYC promotes Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions. ASCNYC’s free and confidential services help clients access medical care, overcome addiction, escape homelessness, rejoin the workforce, replace isolation with community, and lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives. For more information, visit www.ascnyc.org.

June 13, 2016

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@ascnyc.org, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC CONDEMNS ORLANDO ATTACK

(New York, NY)  – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), released the following statement on the attack on Pulse Nightclub:

“All of us at ASCNYC are deeply saddened by the attack that took the lives of so many members of the LGBTQ community and others in Orlando early Sunday morning. Every day, we work hard to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ New Yorkers, and it is heartbreaking to see such a place be targeted. Our thoughts are with those lost, their loved ones, and those who are recovering from this tragedy.

We encourage those who can to support the victims and their families by donating to the Pulse Victims Fund setup by Equality Florida. To make a contribution, visit www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.”

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About ASCNYC

ASCNYC promotes Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions. ASCNYC’s free and confidential services help clients access medical care, overcome addiction, escape homelessness, rejoin the workforce, replace isolation with community, and lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives. For more information, visit www.ascnyc.org.

February 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11, 2016

 

ASCNYC’S REACTION TO GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCEMENT
RE: CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT OF MINORS WITH HIV


(New York, NY) – ASCNYC, one of the largest AIDS services programs in New York City, reacted to a proposal from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to pass a law extending to minors confidentiality related to prevention, care and treatment for HIV infection. Current law gives minors a right to confidential access to HIV testing only.

“ASCNYC applauds this latest milestone in Governor Cuomo’s fight to end the transmission of HIV in New York State,” said Sharen Duke, Executive Director of ASCNYC, which provides prevention, testing and peer education programs for New Yorkers with HIV and other chronic illnesses.

“Working with New Yorkers of all ages, we know first-hand how access to prevention and treatment will increase the number of young people who know their HIV status and help combat the rising rates of HIV infection in New York’s adolescent population,” continued Duke.

“Governor Cuomo’s leadership in passing this new law as well as all other HIV-related legislation planned for this session—extending the recommended age for HIV testing beyond 64 years old and increasing access to syringes—will save and extend the lives of countless New Yorkers,” concluded Duke.

 

ASCNYC is a multiservice community organization that carries out its mission of promoting Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, housing, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions.  ASCNYC’s comprehensive programs help New York City’s most vulnerable individuals and families to access medical care, overcome addiction, rejoin the world of work, and reclaim their lives by building community, connection and stability. For more information go to www.ascnyc.org

February 1, 2016

 

ASCNYC brings help and hope in the battle against addiction
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Positive Change in Action:
Dennis's Story

Relapse is the part of the recovery process that nobody really wants to accept because it’s a scary reality. No one wants to think about the fact that when you’re in recovery from using drugs or alcohol, relapse can happen.
 
When it happened to me last year, I was crushed. I come from a family where my father has been a drug dealer for over 30 years, and my mother was an addict. During a very difficult time with my family, my father offered me drugs and because I was emotionally vulnerable, I relapsed.
 
I’d worked so hard to get away from all that and to change my life. I’d moved up the ladder at ASCNYC from a Peer Educator to a staff position. So for me, relapsing felt like self-sabotage. I really beat myself up emotionally thinking about how badly I’d messed up. I was sure that my life and career were completely over. I was at the edge of a dangerous downward spiral.
 
But ASCNYC stood by me. They told me, “We’re still here for you in every way.” They called and checked in on me. They offered services and support. ASCNYC gave me a second chance when I needed it most.
 
I completed rehab. I joined ASCNYC’s recovery support group, which keeps me grounded. I re-engaged with ASCNYC’s onsite mental health counseling services—my backbone of support. I took a three-day training to become a certified Peer Intern in ASCNYC’s Peer Training Institute. I’m joining a life-skills workshop and getting all kinds of other support.
 
ASCNYC welcomed me back with open arms. They told me, “You know, Dennis, the possibilities are still endless for you, depending on how you view your situation and the actions you choose going forward.” ASCNYC really boosted me up, and that’s what this organization is all about: Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to take back my power and learn from my mistakes.
 
The truth is, for most people, relapse is part of the recovery process. Being honest and telling my story is part of my recovery process. I’m not ashamed of my relapse because I can pinpoint why it happened and I’m more conscious and self-aware about my relapse triggers. With support from ASCNYC, I’m focusing on what’s most important: staying clean, taking my HIV medications, participating in healthy relationships, and respecting myself and my body. That’s what this New Year is all about for me.
 
—Dennis, ASCNYC Peer Educator

 

Program Close-Up: Helping New Yorkers Overcome Addiction


In keeping with our mission to promote Positive Change for New Yorkers with HIV and other chronic conditions who are seeking health, recovery, and a better future, ASCNYC provides a spectrum of substance abuse prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services. For many, ASCNYC offers the second chance they have been waiting for all their lives.
 
Harm reduction services are the centerpiece of our work, reaching over 1,000 people each year. Harm reduction is proven to be effective in guiding active substance users through a series of “stages of change”—pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance—that promote recovery, risk reduction, and well-being.
 
In 2015, ASCNYC launched its first outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic, licensed by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The clinic is located in our Washington Heights community service site, and provides personalized recovery services such as individual and family counseling, support groups, relapse prevention, and specialized services for marijuana users.
 
We also provide peer-delivered recovery support programs that help people to sustain long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug use, and to reduce the spread of HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis. Peers Educators who have grappled with and overcome chemical dependency are extremely effective guides for persons who are taking their first tentative steps toward recovery.
 
ASCNYC’s comprehensive services, peer-delivered support, and welcoming approach have helped thousands of New Yorkers overcome addiction, rebuild their lives, and embrace Positive Change in all its forms.
 
Join us
Save the Dates!
New York's Best in Drag
Monday, May 9, 2016
Doors: 6:30PM Show: 7:00PM

ASCNYC Poetry Reading
at Barnes & Noble Union Square
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Volunteer
Start the new year off right by joining ASCNYC's team of awesome volunteers!

Donate
Visit www.ascnyc.org/donate or 
Text "PosChange" to 69866 to donate today.
ASCNYC Positive Change Video

Become a part of ASCNYC’s growing network of supporters and get to know our work even better by checking out our powerful new video with stories of Positive Change in action!
 
 

Happenings


In January, ASCNYC was—for the 17th year in a row—the beneficiary of the enormous generosity of Team New York Aquatics, a Masters-level swim, water polo, and diving team for members and friends of New York City’s LGBT community.
 
Every year, Team New York Aquatics holds a special fundraiser called the One Hour Swim in which participants swim for 60 minutes nonstop—all for a good cause. Team New York Aquatics has been a loyal friend to ASCNYC since 2004, when it first selected our organization as one of its beneficiaries. We’re grateful to Team New York Aquatics for its $10,000 donation and longstanding support of our work!
 
Did You Know?

ASCNYC’s new Impact Updateis available for download!

Learn more about our work and meet some of the amazing people who’ve embraced Positive Change.
 

ASCNYC promotes Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions.

At ASCNYC, we help our clients overcome addiction, access medical care to get their health back on track, escape homelessness, rejoin the world of work, replace isolation with community, and lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives.
 
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November 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2015

The following statement can be attributed to Sharen Duke, Executive Director of ASCNYC, in reaction to New York State Governor Cuomo's announcement that he will seek $200M in state funding to support housing and healthcare programs for people with HIV and AIDS:

“ASCNYC is thrilled that Governor Cuomo has announced that he will advocate for $200 million in additional funding to support housing and healthcare programs for people living with HIV and AIDS in New York State.

As ASCNYC and millions of New Yorkers observe another World AIDS Day, this tremendous show of support by Governor Cuomo gives us hope for an end to new cases of HIV infection and better treatment and care for those who are living with HIV. This funding will greatly increase the likelihood of reaching our goal of Ending the Epidemic by 2020.

The funding and resources that Governor Cuomo has committed will help organizations like ASCNYC prevent new infections, connect HIV positive individuals to quality medical care and provide stable, supportive housing for those in need. As an organization that serves thousands of New Yorkers every year, helping them create positive change in their lives by overcoming homelessness, substance abuse, accessing healthcare and confronting so many other challenges people living with HIV face, ASCNYC is proud to stand beside Governor Cuomo and double our efforts to improve the lives of people with living with HIV.”

For more information go to www.ascnyc.org

November 11, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY, November xx, 2015….AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC) will host the 45th graduation of their Peer Training program on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Goldwurm Auditorium located at 1425 Madison Ave at 98th Street in the Icahn Building. 30 individuals are expected to graduate from this unique program for people living with HIV.

Since 1992, ASCNYC has been designing and delivering innovative peer education and training programs that create the economic, social and health-related building blocks to empower Peer trainees to take control of their lives by improving their health, sustaining long-term recovery from substance abuse, and developing marketable skills.

ASCNYC’s Peer Recovery Education Program (PREP) addresses the complex needs of HIV-positive people in recovery from drug or alcohol use, PREP provides recovering substance users with intensive training and relapse prevention services, including counseling, education, crisis intervention, and risk reduction skills development. The intensive, ten-week training course provides participants with the core knowledge and skills needed to succeed in part-time or full-time employment. PREP participants acquire knowledge and skills for community outreach, health coaching, linkage to care, motivational interviewing, service navigation, and other activities that support improved health and retention in care.

“I am so proud of these graduates and thrilled we can provide a program that offers second chances to New Yorkers who will now ‘pay it forward’ and impact their own communities,” said ASCNYC Executive Director Sharen Duke. 

“And it is our peer education and training program that truly sets us apart from all the other AIDS Service Organizations,” continued Duke. For 25 years, ASCNYC has been a leader in the establishment of peer training, peer support and peer-delivered services. In 2014, ASCNYC peer educators conducted over 2,000 community outreach and educational presentations across New York City, reaching over 14,000 New Yorkers with health promotion and disease prevention information, teaching about the importance of knowing your status, getting tested and connecting to care. ASCNYC’s peer program develops skills, self-confidence, second chances and Positive Change,” concluded Duke.

ASCNYC provides paid internships and job-readiness skills development for nearly 100 Peer Educators who deliver community education and health coaching to 14,000 New Yorkers- the equivalent of 19 full-time employees, at an annual savings of over $800,000.

Individuals who complete ASCNYC’s peer training program and become ASCNYC Peer Educators experience improved health and wellness: 98% have been “clean and sober” for at least 1 year; 95% see their doctor regularly; 79% of our HIV+ peers are virally suppressed. ASCNYC has trained more than a thousand individuals to create healthier communities and find gratifying work that pays a living wage.

About ASCNYC

ASCNYC promotes Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions.

At ASCNYC, Positive Change takes many forms. We help our clients overcome addiction, access medical care to get their health back on track, escape homelessness, rejoin the world of work, replace isolation with community, and lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives.

Contact Information

For more information about the peer graduation on November 18th or ASCNYC’s programs and services please contact Gwenn Fairall, Communications Manager, at 212-645-0875 ext. 394 or at gwenn@ascnyc.org.

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