Raising AIDS Awareness
Craig Miller and Marjorie Hill discuss upcoming AIDS Walk New York
- Duration 16:23
- Date May 18, 2012
Craig Miller and Marjorie Hill discuss upcoming AIDS Walk New York
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We have a huge event that's coming up here in the New York area and -- this is replicated across the country but particularly here.
In New York City it's a huge walk it is the aids walk here it's in its 27.
The participation is upwards of 45000.
-- do this if this coming Sunday it's at 10 AM in the morning.
I'll be walking.
I did it.
Aids crisis coverage in Africa earlier in my career for ABC news and that was kind of my entree into worrying about the walk nationwide.
It's an honor and a pleasure to have Craig Miller who is the founder and producer of aids walk New York we're with the -- thank you for having morning.
First of all I want to give people an idea of where we are.
And our journey to fighting need.
-- this country we're in a place of great potential but still unfulfilled promise we have the capacity in this country to actually bring the aids epidemic.
-- and and the question is do we have the will do we have a commitment.
And are we prepared as a society to devote the resources to actually.
Defeat this epidemic.
It is within our grasp GMHC has been leading this effort.
With great effectiveness.
And it is so heartening to see that so many people from throughout the Tri-State area will be rallying tomorrow.
And supportive teammates -- and support -- through robust effort to defeat this epidemic.
Well let's tell people about this because they know the aids walk New York is something and I just mention that you're saying -- that's the gay men's health crisis.
It's a New York City based nonprofit volunteer supported and community based aids service organization.
That is -- led the United States in the fight against aids it's founded in 1982.
And its main -- is I've read.
Was to kind of give a place it was almost like a support group announced it just -- can't.
Well I think in the mission and teammates he has evolved as -- epidemic it.
Itself has evolved so in the earliest days of this epidemic and -- -- he was indeed the world's first its organization.
The earliest days of this epidemic she -- he was largely engaged in helping people die with dignity.
And also helping get the word out which our government was very slow to do in terms of what people need to do to protect themselves.
-- fast forward to today and fortunately.
We are much more engaged in helping people live with dignity -- helping.
People well you certainly -- that any the parts of the world that you and I were talking off camera -- -- my my first.
Real experience with the the deadly nature of this disease didn't happen.
It happened in a place in South Africa about a thousand miles outside Cape Town basically.
In Zulu and was what the caller on its tribal.
And he would see just orphanages filled with children.
-- whose parents have died young parents have died many of them working in the city some of those moms.
Working as escorts and whatnot in contracting that disease and then bringing it back to the villages and these children left without parents many of them.
And it was really disheartening because you don't see the death.
In this country because we have pharmaceutical.
-- -- Well what you're describing -- -- what's taking place on the continent of Africa.
Disheartening it also represents great potential that is yet to be fulfilled.
Because the Mets do exists and it is now is starting to kind of -- any got to get the government's selection fold that end yes -- but even here it's important to note.
We have 50000.
New infection you HIV occurring in the United States each year how -- -- -- with all of the information.
On condoms and how is that possible 50000 new infection well we need to keep in mind that you and I are both.
You know if -- told -- I was -- -- ranks.
Grew up you and I are both in in the middle of our lives and we're also -- that and -- -- both pretty well educated.
So we need to be mindful of the fact that there is constant perpetually zoom generation of people coming of -- Who need access to on this inclination art house -- -- keys themselves.
-- little terms that.
You say we have the capacity to in the aids epidemic that's gonna take all of us so who are -- and 50000 new infections a year at the younger they old I'm reading now that because of Viagra you've got.
75 -- becoming suddenly really sexually.
There are are they young are they hold the answer is yes.
They're young they're old and they're only there all ages in between.
And in New York City.
Increasingly -- -- women.
So that fully 13.
The new infections of HIV occurring in the tristate area.
Are are among our among females any ideas why that trend is happening well I think it has to do it.
-- Economics and economic disadvantage and the challenges that some women face.
Due to economic disparities.
In negotiating safe sex with their partners.
What a sad detail however you say that there's -- on the Verizon.
What would we need to do to bring the capacity you say we have this capacity and the aids epidemic when we need to do to -- we're going to happen this little a dollar amount.
Well it is it's it's a dollar amount it's a it's a commitment amount it's -- question of are we as a society going to remain vigilant.
Making honest culturally sensitive age appropriate.
HIV prevention information.
Available and secondly to what extent are we committed.
To making sure that all of those who could benefit.
From from HIV medications.
Have access to.
All right I want to welcome it Marjorie Hill she is the CEO of the game -- health crisis that first aids organization.
That's Craig and I were just talking about Marjorie could have -- good morning.
Great I understand you've got detained by security down there.
You know you're coming into a -- network and it can happen.
It happens to me when I forget my dad can have -- who are you.
That's what they suit me so anyway I'm glad you're here you're part of a conversation.
I feel like I wanna.
I kind of bring you right into the middle of it with a question that popped into my head as you were talking.
About the potential to in the aids epidemic and it seemed relatively simple to me a dollar amount of commitment and now.
What is the statement still you know it's not.
-- that people still think that HIV.
-- is what people think that it's not serious illness anymore and that it won't go to Africa and watch the children and they are well unfortunately don't have the South Africa you can go to Brooklyn.
-- go to -- You know right now in New York City one in five person living with HIV does not know that he -- she is affecting.
So right now somebody's getting ready for date tonight.
He -- to go away from Memorial Day weekend getting ready tonight gifted kid has no loyalty.
And they have no idea what let me ask you this because I mean obviously when you go to a different countries see the kind of that and that -- witnesses that journalists because of this disease.
It is different because they don't have a medical facilities I think a lot of people don't see it's such a threat in this country because we have medical care -- what you're saying is.
Nothing can help you if you don't -- you can't get medical care if you don't know they have HIV positive.
And there are people who know they HIV positive and continue to -- continues to be afraid.
I'm afraid that their families are going to reject them.
Afraid that -- coworkers -- garments on them and we say no no no that's not happening.
At GMHC BC.
Grandmothers who are warning us to help Chris -- at their door others to let them hold they only Atlanta.
-- you know -- mr.
Sharon is -- think I did not now.
That -- -- 50000 new infections that we'll see an HIV aids -- here on a third are women.
The third of new cases are women and women not increasingly of -- through.
Com and you know women think that they are.
And you know in terms of black women.
Aids is the number one cause of death for black women between the ages of -- -- 84 and 34.
I'm a black woman I'm not quite an age cohort anymore -- stock -- -- however I've never had a provide asks me what I like an HIV tests.
Yeah that's the news.
I think so are you saying that it should be part of the real world -- absolutely.
Absolutely people should go to their providers -- provided should be are routinely offering.
But if not people should go that it provided since day.
I'd like an HIV -- this is gonna sound like -- really basic question it at that bear with me if you can't in the seventies and early eighties when we first started hearing about HIV.
It -- Magic Johnson.
Totally put on the landscape for everybody because that became national figure that people -- kind of understand.
But we've seen -- -- twenty years with this disease I think people don't really understand how deadly dangers of we romantic is live twenty years because he got testing.
He got medical care he continues to give medical care he talks about.
Getting medical care.
And being consistent about that -- -- many people again any illness the longer you -- Vote them the more challenging the prognosis all right -- -- you know you need to be tested every if you sexually active.
-- period period.
-- -- game and so I think it's also people need to have those challenging conversations.
You know -- People won't say the people want everything to me that you can be isn't it but you can't have a conversation.
Well you know I I don't know I'd like once you tell me I don't wanna upset -- and I don't want us.
And hand in brain in -- people get caught up in the moment.
I'm not to mention that out all -- Viagra sales we can't talk about that before you got here that.
And I had read that seniors are becoming so much were sexually active.
And I think it's a group that -- kind of feel like you know then they're done applicant -- they're not worried about getting pregnant so if he's not worried about writing pregnant wife use a condom well.
Sexy transmitted diseases so that the beauty of aids walk is that.
It's a -- -- and we need the funds but it also is these launches.
Public health it education -- -- -- round HIV.
In the world while we do free HIV testing in the park.
We give out condoms in the park and we give out information in the park.
And I'm so grateful to have a -- Craig Miller who.
You know 27 years ago had this vision every one being able to make a difference.
Occur we have a live chat going on simultaneous -- our conversation here David Larsen writes.
-- what is the biggest reason.
Your -- think that aids is spreading so today creek well.
I think it is spreading right along -- there.
Social -- -- your your last guest spoke out against marriage equality and it's the first time ever -- the argument but in terms of deficit.
I heard it with -- NetApp patents have been I think you saw me kind of I was like wow that I put this I think that's an dollars and cents version -- -- gentleman's statement.
Pointed to is that there's still a deficit in this country.
Into the quality there's.
-- deficit in terms of access to up.
Look too good.
Health care and so I think the number one impediment.
To the eradication of this disease -- has two parts.
The first part is to what extent that we needed to continue to reach new generation people become sexually active with the information they need to know to protect.
Up and secondly for those who are HIV infected how good of the job that we do.
Getting on medications to them which have implications not only -- Preserving their lives -- people who are properly medicated.
Have lessened the chance of that's an excellent point -- misses the point that out that is true though for everything because if you say that this kind of takes the same path as other.
Social diseases -- TDs.
You know if you were treating some of those who would you lessen the potential that you would spread it to somebody else.
And so you have to think -- I guess the term planning and walk around -- before you kill everybody here in the vehemently.
It's also about access and that for the same reasons that.
Black women have a high incidence of breast friends imminent -- -- hey Jeff.
Breast cancer death in -- same reason around cardiovascular.
And the same reason around.
You know other cancers I mean the issue around health and our country is about access and individuals who have.
Better access tend to have -- a health outcomes.
And I'm -- a little turned on here and I'm not gonna ask you guys to get into this because we don't have as much time as is I would like but Vincent the Campo -- on the live chat.
-- teaching abstinence is frowned upon question mark seems like that would be treating the cause.
I don't know how many other teenagers -- been around but there's always that one.
And -- you know we always have that -- and our group that just doesn't listen to -- and.
I'm not aware of anybody who thinks teaching abstinence.
Or -- that abstinence is a bad idea I think where the controversy.
Is those who are so unrealistic is to think that the only thing we should be informing our young people about is abstinence.
And that's been a flawed strategy since the days that.
Abstinence only does not work.
And accidents only works until it what does it.
And so it's not that we are opposed to individuals who.
Young model who decides if that's an option.
But we're opposed -- is saying that if that's the only option and people then choose otherwise.
Why are we giving them the information they need.
All right Sunday morning.
There's a VIP breakfast apple kick off.
A number of us will be there are wonderful I went to high school with Wendy Williams and -- I have rebounded.
Cross happened so I I know could see her varieties if you are really excited that this is the first time I've walked that the city of Minneapolis I have to OK okay but I haven't done -- -- New York.
And I'm expecting a traffic jam to start in Jersey to have.
But tell me what the day is like that we get fair for the -- breakfast.
You say that there are a lot of health care conversations that are gonna go away this is or isn't getting people tested well first of all -- Come down they come down with your buddies -- come down with family members say come down -- group's business is.
Doing movies in this island camps in new stores and people come down.
I someone they know living with HIV and aids -- they come down in memory of a family member that they've lost what it is just.
An incredible day people talk about it as the -- -- still.
If people are coming to support GM AC in forty of organizations doing really important work around HIV -- aids in the city.
The people come.
-- -- really celebrates.
The existence of people who have survived the it's.
-- keeps up we'll be providing free anonymous testing -- Recent testing okay I'll Marjorie Hill I'm glad you made it up.
Thank you so much for coming king of England thank you I guess I'll see you guys on Sunday.
A group of attraction is on -- sounds good and it's not too late this month to somebody all right I -- -- I look at an okay.
That is this morning here in New York City but in the meanwhile -- there -- is that your website right there.
Aids walk New York.
In the meanwhile everybody it's been a pleasure to spend some time with you this week I hope to see you next week as well have a last weekend I'll be working as normal prime -- -- -- 7 PM eastern Saturday and Sunday.
I hope to see you there.
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