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Never Quit Fighting: Action in the Face of HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and MPX

Join us on December 1, World AIDS Day for Eric Sawyer’s free presentation on the patterns of pandemics then and now with COVID-19 and MPX, public health successes and failures in addressing pandemics, particularly with MPX, and what actions we can take to advocate for equitable responses that don’t leave out people living with HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

As a founding member of ACT UP NY and having worked as a staff member of UNAIDS NYO, Eric has experience advocating for social justice from inside and outside the system.

“Advocating for and providing services to meet the needs of people living with HIV and people at risk of acquiring HIV are at the heart of the mission of Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP). BCAP and Out Boulder County have worked with local public health leaders in Boulder County to keep the people we serve at the forefront of COVID-19 and MPX responses and services throughout these pandemics,” said Frank O’Caña, Executive Director of BCAP. “Eric’s experiences with public health systems will offer our community strategies for action during our ongoing struggles and for the unavoidable next public health crisis.”

Date: Thursday, December 1 Reception: 6-7 pm Presentation: 7-8 pm eTown,1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 80302

RSVP required to attend the reception at 6 pm: No RSVP required to attend the presentation at 7 pm.

Brought to you by Boulder County AIDS Project, Out Boulder County, and CU Boulder Pride Office.

More about Eric L. Sawyer: Eric L. Sawyer is a co-founder of three influential AIDS organizations in the US: The original AIDS Activist group ACT UP NY; Housing Works, Inc. one of the largest US providers of housing, drug treatment, medical care and support for homeless people living with HIV; and also Health GAP, Inc. a global advocacy organization which fought for access to essential medicines, including HIV anti-retroviral drugs in the developing World.

From 2008 until 2016 Eric was the Civil Society Partnership Advisor in the New York Office of UNAIDS facilitating Civil Society involvement in HIV issues at the UN Secretariat. Mr. Sawyer has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has been living with symptoms of HIV disease since 1981. Eric is also a long term survivor of HIV/AIDS.


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