April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010
HIV Positive Man Refused Health Care

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It was a very rainy and stormy day here in south Florida while Dab the AIDS Bear and I rest up for the upcoming AIDS Watch2010. We were even under a tornado warning for most of the morning. So it was a great day to rest up.

Have a couple of errands to run today but trying to keep the schedule very light and relaxing so we can both rest up for upcoming events. Yesterday, Dab the AIDS Bear made an appearance at the Honolulu Gay Pride Event. So I will be posting pics hopefully in a couple of days.

As you know Dab the AIDS Bear was recently at the Kansas City AIDS Walk. Here is the slide show from the event:

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as Dab the AIDS Bear enjoyed meeting everyone at the event. Once again, we would like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcomed and loved.

Now the bad news for the day which I read on POZ.com today: HIV Positive Man Turned Away From St. Vincent’s Following Layoffs.

As St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers is closing its bankrupt hospital in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, one lawyer is filing papers in an effort to keep the services open, The New York Times reports. Neighborhood lawyer and activist Yetta Kurland is claiming that the hospital has been unlawfully discontinuing services including those for people living with HIV without getting its closing plan approved by the New York State Department of Health.

According to the article, one longtime St. Vincent’s patient, Richard Stack who has been living with HIV for 25 years as turned away from emergency services April 19. On that same day, the hospital laid off more than 1,000 staff members.

Kurland, a former City Council candidate who is fighting to keep St. Vincent’s from closing, is expected to file on behalf of about a dozen plaintiffs, Stack included, claiming that the hospital is violating state law by shutting down services without prior approval.

Stack, who Kurland said “purposely lives three blocks from St. Vincent’s,” had “literally developed complications [on the morning of April 19], demanding emergency care, and was denied admission into St. Vincent’s emergency room [that day].” Stack was taken to another hospital, but Kurland told the Times she was not yet sure which one.

I know times are bad in our country. Churches and hospitals folding. ADAP waiting lists with more men and women on them then ever. I can only hope and pray things turn around soon. Now we have life saving anti-HIV medications, it is a disgrace our country allows people with HIV and AIDS to die when so many gave their lives before the medications became available.

Those are my thoughts. What about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab