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GMHC Statement on National Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day



Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 |
Kenneth Londono | 646-335-0420 |

NEW YORK, NY (June 5, 2018)--The following is a statement from Kelsey Louie, CEO, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC):
This June 5, as we have done since the inception of National HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day four years ago, we celebrate the men and women who have lived with HIV/AIDS for many years as we seek to understand more about their specific needs -- and learn how best to meet those needs. GMHC has been providing programs for the long-term survivor community since before the term "long-term survivor" was even coined, and we're proud to collaborate with members of this population as we work together to end the epidemic and uplift the lives of all those affected by HIV/AIDS. 
With a revitalized GMHC Buddy Program already providing social support to many of our long-term survivors, we also hope to connect more clients to dedicated support and wellness groups. And with our recently announced strategic partnership with ACRIA, an organization that continues to pioneer studies on HIV and aging, we will evolve our program offerings based on where our clients and new research tell us to go
Today, half of those living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are age 50 and older. Due to incredible advances in medicine and research, we can expect that population to grow in the coming years. Through our Terry Brenneis Hub for Long-Term Survivors, we're proud that we'll have a dedicated center that will serve long-term survivors as they continue to age -- and as we help them live their best, healthiest possible lives.



About Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 13,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit