“All you do is give us rubbers!” shouted ACT UP protesters outside New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) on the comfortably cool afternoon of Thursday, August 15. “Give us data! Give us numbers!”
Approximately 25 protesters from the long-laboring ACT UP group gathered outside of the DOHMH’s Long Island City offices in an effort to force the department to educate the public about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication that can prevent at-risk New Yorkers from contracting HIV. ACT UP contends that the DOHMH has failed to collect data on skyrocketing HIV infection rates among the city’s young gay men and trans women, accusing the agency of “neglect and fraud” in a bombshell press release.
Various posters at the protest read “D’OH! I refused to fund PEP. Now 1000’s of NYers will get HIV,” “The ‘Healthcare’ Mayor Missed HIV,” and “Pozitively FRAUDulent & Absolutely NEGligent.”