During this week of gratitude, and on behalf of the millions around the world who wish for an HIV cure, the staff of amfAR thanks you for your continued support of our quest for a cure.
With the generous support of partners like you in the fight against AIDS, amfAR has awarded $5.9 million in new cure-focused research grants this year alone, allowing 22 teams of brilliant scientists around the world investigate how to end HIV once and for all. Your generosity also enables us to advocate persuasively for expanded access to treatment and care for the 37 million people living with HIV today.
Thank you for moving us closer to our shared wish—a world without AIDS.
On this day in 2013: After being passed by both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, President @barackobama signs the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which established safeguards and standards of quality for research of organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The law lifted an outdated ban of almost thirty years, and paved the way for the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplant at Johns Hopkins in March 2016.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor those lost to violence, trans-phobia and discrimination.
Transgender individuals face widespread violence on a daily basis. Gender-based violence and sexual violence are primary drivers of new HIV transmissions, and transgender populations are already disproportionately impacted by HIV: 21% of transgender individuals are estimated to be living with HIV in the US.
Discrimination also impacts the ability of transgender people to find stable employment, housing and even healthcare. Nearly 27% of transgender people in the U.S. report being refused health care, preventing transgender individuals from accessing even the most basic HIV prevention and treatment services.
Today we remember the transgender people we've lost to violence, discrimination, and the AIDS epidemic.
On this day in 1993: Emmy and Oscar-winning director, choreographer and producer Emile Ardolino dies of AIDS-complications at age 50. Ardolino won an Oscar for the documentary “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’” before going on to direct “Dirty Dancing”, “Three Men and a Little Lady” and “Sister Act”. His final two projects, a film of “The Nutcracker” ballet and Bette Midler’s TV movie version of the Broadway musical “Gypsy” were released posthumously.
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On this day in 1986: Gia Carangi, often credited as the world’s first supermodel, dies of AIDS-related complications at age 26. Carangi’s unconventional dark features were at odds with the blonde and fair look featured on most magazine covers, yet she quickly became the favorite of photographers such as Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton and Francesco Scavullo, the latter repeatedly putting her on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Carangi, who struggled with drug addiction, contracted the virus through intravenous drug use and was one of the first high-profile women to succumb to the AIDS epidemic.
On this day in 1985: illustrator and graphic designer Richard Amsel dies of AIDS-related complications at age 37. After getting his start by winning a contest to design the poster for the film version of “Hello, Dolly”, Amsel went onto a prolific career in music (illustrating Bette Midler’s first album cover, “The Divine Miss M”), magazines (working for Time and TV Guide, among others) and film, creating some of the most iconic movie posters of all time, including “Chinatown”, “McCabe And Mrs. Miller”, “Julia”, “The Last Picture Show, “Murder On The Orient Express”, “The Sting”, “Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome” and, perhaps most famously, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#RichardAmsel#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory
On World AIDS Day 2017, amfAR’s generationCURE will present its fourth annual Holiday Party in New York City. generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $600,000 for amfAR through fundraising events.
Be the generation to end AIDS. Join us on World AIDS Day and help us make AIDS history once and for all.
Tickets and more information via the link in our bio.
Before the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions could be charged more for health insurance, or denied coverage entirely. Now, everyone is eligible to receive affordable access to health care.
Open enrollment on the health care marketplace is taking place now. This year’s open enrollment period is shorter than in previous years. You have until December 15 to sign up for 2018 coverage.
On this day in 2003: actor / dancer Gene Anthony Ray dies of a stroke at age 41. Ray burst onto the scene as Leroy in the Academy Award-nominated film “Fame”, and went on to continue the role on the eventual TV series adaptation. Ray was subject to false media reports that he was dying of AIDS - reports he was reluctant to deny out of respect for friends who were actually living with HIV or AIDS - years before he tested positive for HIV. Ray struggled with drug abuse and career setbacks, starring in the infamous flop musical adaptation of “Carrie” and appearing as a dancer in the occasional film or music video.
On November 28, please join amfAR in advance of World AIDS Day for a community update on progress toward an HIV cure, featuring leading researchers from the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research. Through a series of panel discussions, the 2017 HIV Cure Summit will present a wide range of perspectives from leading researchers using sophisticated technologies to advance HIV cure research, trailblazing HIV doctors who have been treating patients since the beginning of the epidemic, patients and clinical-trial participants with firsthand experience, and community advocates working tirelessly on behalf of people living with HIV. RSVP by November 20 via the link in our bio or by visiting: www.amfar.org/2017summitrsvp
amfAR mourns the loss of legendary New York columnist Liz Smith, who passed away November 12 in New York at the age of 94. Smith was honored with the amfAR Award of Courage in 2007 for her devoted support of amfAR and the fight against AIDS. (Photo: Liz Smith, amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim and Marcia Gay Harden via Getty Images)
On this day in 1982: hi-NRG music pioneer Patrick Cowley dies of AIDS-related illness at age 32. Cowley was a prime figure in the San Francisco music scene, working with disco artists such as Paul Parker, Frank Loverde and Sylvester (the latter two also victims of the AIDS epidemic) as well as DJing the legendary “Menergy” party (named after his own hit club song) at San Francisco’s The EndUp. From his work on Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Do You Wanna Funk” to remix work for the likes of Donna Summer, Cowley is generally considered along with Giorgio Moroder as one of the forefathers of electronic music, with artists like Pet Shop Boys and New Orders citing Cowley as a prime influence on their work. His death, coming in the very beginning of the AIDS crisis – before the disease even had its name – was preceded by a period of misdiagnosis as doctors struggled to ascertain the cause of Cowley’s illness.
On this day in 1991: producer and Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson dies of AIDS complications at age 63. As a theater director, Richardson directed over 40 major productions, including launching the career of John Osbourne while directing his plays (and eventual film adaptations of) “Look Back In Anger” and “The Entertainer”. In film, he directed over 30 pictures, winning Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for 1963’s “Tom Jones”. Over his prodigious stage & screen career, Richardson directed Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, wife Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Milton Berle, Katherine Hepburn, Judi Dench, Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Lange, whom nabbed an Oscar for her performance in Richardson’s final film, the posthumously released “Blue Sky”. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#TonyRichardson#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory
On this day in 1994: AIDS educator and television trailblazer Pedro Zamora dies of AIDS-related illness at age 22. For many in a generation, Zamora was the face of living with AIDS due to his appearance as a cast member of MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco”, during which he allowed cameras (and viewers) an unprecedented look at his work as an AIDS educator, his challenges as a person living with AIDS with no health insurance beyond Medicaid, and his commitment ceremony to then-partner Sean Sasser. Zamora’s legacy lives on through the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship at @aidsunited. (Photo courtesy AIDS United.) #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#PedroZamora#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory
On this day in 1989: writer, actress and model Cookie Mueller dies of AIDS-related illness at age 40. Mueller appeared in many of John Waters’ early films, including “Pink Flamingos”, “Female Trouble” and “Polyester”. Mueller modeled for photographers such as David Armstrong, Peter Hujar, Gary Indiana and Nan Goldin, the latter of which widely exhibited the “Cookie Portfolio” series of portraits of Ms. Mueller, including one of her Mueller’s wedding to Vittorio Scarpati, who died of AIDS-related illness shortly before Mueller. Mueller was the author of several books, a health writer for the East Village Eye and worked as the art critic for Details magazine.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Hujar Archive)
Our TREAT Asia program includes a network of adult and pediatric clinical sites and orphan support programs in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including work with @thairedcross, who provide us with artwork from youth living with HIV, such as this piece, titled “Dreams About Things That I Want” by Hani. After Hani’s parents died, she was raised by her grandmother, who did not allow her to attend school because she felt there was no use in educating a child living with HIV. But Hani persisted, completing her education and is now employed at the age of 23.
If you have questions about whether you are eligible to receive financial assistance in acquiring health insurance for 2018, want to talk through your options with a trained professional, or have other concerns you’d like to address with someone one-on-one, you can get free help by calling 1-800-318-2596 or clicking the link in our bio or visiting http://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
On this day in 1992: writer Scott McPherson dies of AIDS-related complications at age 33. McPherson is best known for writing the play “Marvin’s Room”, as well as the screenplay for its Academy Award-nominated film adaptation. While “Marvin’s Room” is not about AIDS specifically, but more generally about the sacrifices and emotions around taking care of those suffering from a disease (in “Marvin’s Room”, it is leukemia), the audience’s context at the height of the AIDS crisis would have been impossible to draw comparisons to, further driven home my McPherson’s note in the program for the original production: “Now, I am 31 and my lover has AIDS. Our friends have AIDS. And we all take care of each other, the less sick caring for the more sick. At times, an unbelievably harsh fate is transcended by a simple act of love, by caring for one another.” #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#ScottMcPherson#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory
On this day in 1990: author, historian and gay rights activist Vito Russo dies of AIDS-related complications at age 44. Russo was a founding member of GLAAD, and the author of “The Celluloid Closet”, a compendium of the depiction of homosexuality in film which went on to become an Emmy-nominated documentary. Russo was also involved in two Academy Award-winning documentaries, working behind the scenes on “The Times of Harvey Milk” and appearing in “Common Threads”. #amfAR#HIV#AIDS#OnThisDay#OnThisDate#ThisDayInHistory#ThisDateInHistory#VitoRusso#TheCelluloidCloset
The White House Commission recognizes the link between opioids, HIV and Hepatitis C, but does not recommend action nor call for even adequate funding to address slowing the spread of these crises affecting the daily lives of Americans.
A serious situation deserves a serious response. Demand it.
Call your congressional representative at (202) 224-3121 and call the White House at (202) 456-1414 and demand that they give us a serious - and funded - response. #HIV#HepatitisC#OpioidCrisis#OpioidEpidemic
If you are living with HIV, you cannot be denied health insurance. Open enrollment on the health care marketplace begins today, November 1. This year’s enrollment period for is shorter than in previous years. You have until December 15 to sign up for 2018 coverage.
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Halloween came early to NYC at the Fabulous Fund Fair, where nearly $2 million was raised to support @nakedheartfoundation’s global programs supporting children with special needs and amfAR’s TREAT Asia program, which works on improving treatment and care for children living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific region.
With art direction by @jeffkoons, performances by Grammy-nominated stars @nas and @charli_xcx, rides, whimsical games and amusements, all hosted by @natasupernova of Naked Heart Foundation, it was a spectacular night in support of children’s health around the world.
This weekend’s Fabulous Fund Fair raised funds for @nakedheartfoundation and amfAR’s TREAT Asia program, and we’re honored so many turned out in their spookiest finest, like this stunning costume worn by @allakostromichova!
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Thrilled to have such a wonderful turnout to support the fundraising efforts for @nakedheartfoundation and amfAR’s TREAT Asia programs in working to making the world a better place for children with special needs and children living with HIV.
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Last night's @twoxtwo_dallas for AIDS and Art event was an overwhelming success, raising over $7.3 million to jointly benefit amfAR and the @dallasmuseumart. The event brought together prominent artists, art collectors, and philanthropists from around the world and honored celebrated American artist @jonasbrwood for his exemplary support and dedication to the fight against AIDS. Click through the gallery to view highlights from the evening, including Master of Ceremonies Armie Hammer and the evening’s musical performer, Ryan Tedder. #TWOxTWO#HWBrilliantFutures (Photos: @kevintachman)