Gay man denied meds that protect against HIV
- Published: Sunday, 14 July 2013 22:20
Mt. Sinai Hospital failed to deliver crucial emergency treatment
How many more will be denied?
Protest this outrage! Wed. July 17, Noon, Madison Ave & 100th St – Mt. Sinai
On Friday, July 5, a gay man who feared he’d just been exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, went for treatment to the Emergency Room at Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital.
He needed PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), a treatment shown to be very good at stopping the virus, if treatment starts quickly. And Mt. Sinai's Emergency Department has PEP.
Despite this -- with the clock ticking -- Mt. Sinai repeatedly denied that such a thing existed and then discouraged, the patient left the hospital! How could
this happen at a prominent teaching hospital in a major medical center?
Demand Mt. Sinai do its job!
Protest Wed. July 17 at Mt. Sinai Hospital
Madison Ave between 100th and 101st St. at Noon.
If YOU are ever exposed to HIV, remember PEP. Again: Post Exposure Prophylaxis, the standard medical HIV treatment for needle sticks, broken condoms, etc.
Mt. Sinai is not alone. There are several reports of delays or refusals by other NYC health care providers in getting PEP to those who need it.
And: The NYC Department of Health's Bureau of HIV AIDS is doing a lousy job of getting the word out about this important tool of HIV prevention. Time to wake them up!
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) recently cut funds for providing this service to the uninsured!
- Demand that all emergency health providers meet their obligations and provide PEP on demand!!
- Demand that the city and state Departments of Health fund and promote this emergency preventive, aggressively!
ACT UP is watching. ACT UP got the call from the man who feared he'd been infected, made sure he was advised that Mt Sinai's E.R. was reported to have Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). ACT UP then got a call back and heard from him that Mt. Sinai personnel denied this was a treatment. The patient got the medications at Mt. Sinai only after ACT UP intervened. Delaying PEP reduces its effectiveness. ACT UP is keeping track of these incidents and holding hospitals and government health officials accountable.
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