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  • May 10, 2020 at 1:20 am

    As an attorney who co-founded the model HIV/AIDS Representation Project (H/ARP) in collaboration with Montefiore Hospital’s Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology in 1989, I spent 19 +years representing individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. I spent more time in hospitals and clinics, courts, lobbying for funding, or holding an abandoned man or woman’s hand as they took their last breath with no family or friends to comfort them than I spent with my own family. You forget the women, and many men, whose children were taken from them legally until we drafted and the legislature enacted the NYS Standby Guardianship Law. I worked throughout NYS, but was based in a small Legal Aid Society Office in East Harlem. Contact tracing is not a new concept. In effect during the AIDS pandemic. Neither is stigma, discrimination,
    isolation and ignorance of disease. The difference now is the sheer indifference of an incompetent government and the absence of a collective outcry. No ACT UP, GMHC, H/ARP among others marching in the streets demanding action because as you aptly noted, this virus affects everyone. Fear abounds yet fear distracts and makes us immobile. Striking and disheartening in this digital age!

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