ACQC to also celebrate World AIDS Day with reception; new AHF clinic and AHF Pharmacy will expand needed services to local community.
JAMAICA, NY (December 1, 2015)—AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) along with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host a grand opening ribbon ceremony for its new AHF Healthcare Center and AHF Pharmacy, located on the 7th Floor of ACQC’s headquarters at 161-21 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432 on Tuesday, December 1st from 3 – 3:30 p.m. ACQC joined forces with AHF in February to expand its capacity to provide critical lifesaving services to those affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the borough of Queens—where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is extremely high in New York City. The AHF Healthcare Center will operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday’s from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and the Pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 pm.
The new clinic and pharmacy ribbon cutting ceremony will precede ACQC’s World AIDS Day reception that will take place on the building’s 6th floor from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
|WHAT:||ACQC/AHF will host grand opening ribbon ceremony for its new AHF Healthcare Center and Pharmacy|
|WHEN:||Tuesday, December 1st 2015
3 – 3:30 PM (7th Floor)
3:30 – 5 PM (6th Floor – ACQC World AIDS Day celebration)
161-21 Jamaica Ave. Jamaica, NY 11432
(AHF HCC & Pharmacy – 7th Floor)
|WHO:||Philip Glotzer, Executive Director, ACQC
Assemblyman Jeffrion L. Aubry, Speaker Pro Tempore
Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President
Dr. Demetre C. Daskalakis, Assistant Health Commissioner – Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
John Rojas, Assistant Commissioner for Management, Division of Disease Control
As the only AIDS Community Service Provider in the borough of Queens, ACQC provides critical services and advocacy for HIV-positive individuals for almost 30 years. ACQC has served over 9,000 HIV-positive clients, and 30,000 community residents in five locations throughout the borough. AHF is a global organization that provides cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 500,000 people in 36 countries. It is also the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States. The AHF Healthcare Center in ACQC is AHF’s second clinic location in New York, in addition to its healthcare center in Brooklyn.
HIV/AIDS in Queens County
Queens County is currently home to over 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and the borough, compared with other boroughs in the city, has fewer HIV/AIDS services available. Of the 3,141 people diagnosed with HIV in 2012 in New York City, 501—or 16%—were from Queens. Of these, 403 were male, of whom 286 were identified as men who have sex with men (MSM) as their most likely transmission risk factor. 102 of the overall 403 males in Queens were Black while 179 were Hispanic.
According to the 2012 HIV Surveillance Annual Report compiled by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “NYC continues to have one of the largest HIV epidemics in the United States…As of the end of 2012, 114,926 persons had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, reported in NYC, and were presumed to be living.” In addition, “Important disparities in HIV—by sex, race/ethnicity, HIV transmission risk, geography within NYC, and poverty level, among other factors—persisted in NYC in 2012. Persons newly diagnosed with HIV were largely male, black or Hispanic, young, men reporting sex with men, or persons living in impoverished NYC ZIP codes. HIV diagnosis rates were strikingly high among black and Hispanic males and females relative to other racial/ethnic groups. HIV continued to be unevenly distributed across NYC, with most high burden areas also having a high proportion of impoverished residents.”
The AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in the borough of Queens, serving over 9,000 HIV+ clients, and 30,000 community residents in five sites throughout the borough. Our services include case management, harm reduction and syringe exchange program, health education and prevention services, housing services, legal services, a licensed mental health clinic, and a food pantry program. Our services are provided at no charge to our clients.