September 20, 2011


The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) will host The Positive Life Workshop: September 28-30, 2011.

The Positive Life Workshop is a new HIV education workshop series for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This workshop series will give PLWHA the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to improve their health, support their immune system, increase treatment adherence, reduce risk behaviors, and develop health supporting routines. These free, interactive workshops will be coordinated by the NYC DOHMH and led by men and women living with HIV. Workshops will include a variety of empowering presentations, skills building activities, and peer-led group discussions in a safe and confidential space.

Free condoms, metro card, nutritious food, resource manual, health journal, pill box, and health fair will be provided.

A flyer for the workshop can be found here.

For more information or to register for the workshop series, please call 347-396-7596.

December 12, 2010

What a difference 20 years makes.

Since our launch in 1990, ASC has grown into a multi-service, multi-lingual, multi-million dollar organization.  With more than 90 staff and four community centers throughout Manhattan, we provide HIV testing, treatment and care to more than 3,600 people affected by HIV/AIDS.  We reach another 14,000 people through peer education and community-outreach initiatives.

Just as important, ASC has become a social-change agency.  People first encounter ASC as clients.  Once they stabilize their health and lives, they join our Peer Program, bringing information and resources to communities in need.  Many Peers leave welfare and rejoin the work force, either at ASC or other organizations. These men and women courageously turn their lives around.  It’s a joy to know that ASC’s safe, supportive environment plays a role in that process.

The picture was very different two decades ago.  ASC began with three staff  in donated office space from the Design Industry Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA).  With the help of one $170,000 grant from the NY State AIDS Institute, we were able to offer service coordination and technical support for people affected by the HIV/AIDS health crisis. 

Within a year, we doubled ASC’s budget, staff, and services.  Seven of us crammed into a tiny space, sitting in a circle, sharing three phones. Whenever I’d say “step into my office,” we’d go into the stairwell, because that was the only private place.

During the past year our focus has expanded to building effective partnerships with medical facilities.   Our aim is to connect those living with HIV/AIDS in quality medical care – and help them maintain that care.  Despite the economic downturn, ASC is proud to be expanding our programs, service sites, and jobs to meet an ever-growing need.  

Looking back at ASC’s two decades of service, I am humbled by our modest beginnings and proud of our extraordinary accomplishments. Our 20thyear anniversary celebrations will begin with a “Poetry Slam” @ NYU in January and culminate with a gala anniversary event to be held next fall. 

It’s been an honor and privilege to be part of this remarkable organization’s evolution and positive impact. I look around ASC and see so many people who have turned their lives around, giving so much back to the community. They are my heroes, and my inspiration for doing this work.

- Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director/CEO

December 12, 2010

ASC has given our website a facelift by giving our organization a face.   Only the address remains the same:  Now you can meet our clients and see their stories come to life through breathtaking, heartwarming pictures in our website’s photo gallery.  We’ve created direct feeds to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  Let us know what you think of our new, user-friendly, easier to navigate, up-to-date website.  Our sincere thanks to Brooke Brailey, David Nager, Jesse Lansner and Kim Atkins for their work in making the new website happen.  


December 12, 2010

It’s never too late to make the holidays special for the men, women and families we serve.  Contribute to ASC’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive.  Clients have been so grateful for gifts including new cosmetics, toiletries, warm clothing, books, games, videos, and other fun and useful items. All donated gifts will be distributed at our annual December client holiday gathering. 

Put a smile on the face of an ASC client.  Donating is easy.  Contact Brooke Brailey at (212) 645-0875 x 303, or email (All donations are tax deductible.).

December 12, 2010

Hosted by Nick Flynn and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 6 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House at NYU

58 West 10th Street, Manhattan

Our nationally recognized Creative Writing Workshop marks a milestone this year.  Join acclaimed poets Nick Flynn and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg for ASC’s electrifying 10-Year Poetry Slam. You’ll hear from clients who’ve discovered their voices as poets thanks to this groundbreaking creative program.  

Award-winning actress Lili Taylor will join other surprise guest readers.  Don’t miss one of the literary events of the year!  

For more information, contact Brooke Brailey, Special Projects Manager,

December 12, 2010

Front Runners Wellness Room Naming

Friday, February 4, 2011 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

ASC/Union Square, 41 East 11thStreet, Manhattan

ASC will dedicate the Front Runners NY Wellness Center in our Union Square facility, providing people living with HIV/AIDS a special venue for training sessions and wellness programs.  It’s named for Front Runners New York, a remarkable group of lesbians, gay men and gay-friendly athletes with a strong commitment to helping people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. “Front Runners’ commitment to fitness and wellness is a perfect match for ASC’s holistic services that help people living with HIV/AIDS to stay strong, balanced and healthy,” says Sharen Duke, ASC CEO.  Join us for this inspiring ceremony.

FRNY has partnered with ASCNYC on health initiatives like the Front Runners New York Annual Gift Basket Extravaganza, which collected and wrapped warm-weather clothes and gift cards for people living with HIV/AIDS.  FRNY is also creating a beginners’ running clinic at ASC in the New Year. “Front Runners New York feels blessed this holiday season to give back to those in need,” says FRNY president Rob Lennon.  “Our partnership with AIDS Service Center furthers our mission of building a healthier life through running to LGBT and LGBT-supportive people.” 

December 12, 2010

One Hour Swim

Sunday, January 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

John Jay College, 899 10thAvenue, Manhattan

ASC is proud to be one of this year’s beneficiaries of Team New York Aquatics’ 21stannual “One Hour Swim”, January 30that John Jay College.  

The One Hour Swim works like a wetter, more athletic AIDS Walk.  Swim team members gather pledges from friends and families and then jump in a pool and swim for one hour…without stopping!  Throughout the event, ASC staff and volunteers will be poolside, cheering the swimmers on and providing them with sports drinks, protein bars, healthy snacks, and at the end of the hour, ASC masseuses provide rejuvenating body massages for the swimmers. 

As always, we send profound appreciation and admiration to Team NY Aquatics and One Hour Swim organizers, swimmers, and donors.

December 1, 2010

You can help us make this year's annual holiday events a success.

Each year, ASC hosts Thanksgiving and December holiday gatherings for clients, bringing warmth and friendship to people who can find the holidays a lonely time.

Your donation to ASC's annual holiday gift drive will guarantee a brighter celebration for the men, women, and families we serve.

Here are five easy ways to bring out your inner Santa:

  1. Food Pantry Items. Donate a turkey and all the trimmings for families in need (stuffing, pies, and sides such as canned beans and corn).
  2. Get Carded. Donate a gift card to a retail shop where an ASC client can buy clothing and other necessities. (Suggestions: Old Navy, the Gap, K-Mart, Macy's, etc.)
  3. Warm Clothes. Donate winter clothing such as hats, gloves, and scarves for adults.
  4. Kid Around. Donate books, games, videos, CDs, DVDs, or toys for children up to 15 years of age.
  5. Use Your Imagination. ASC clients will also appreciate donations of new cosmetics, toiletries, warm clothing, and other fun and useful items.

Support ASC today and join us in our mission of "helping many, one by one" throughout the holidays, and every day. To learn more, contact Brooke Brailey at (212) 645-0875 x 303, or email  (All donations are tax deductible).

May 3, 2010

Celebrate Pride Month By Participating in Front Runners New York's Annual Pride Run!

On June 26, 2010, New York Road Runners and Front Runners team up to produce the 29th Annual Front Runners New York Lesbian & Gay Pride Run, a five-mile run in Central Park. This is a great way to celebrate Pride Weekend with some fresh air in Central Park and to be a part of a fun and exciting day. More than 5,000 women and men of all levels and ages are expected to be trotting the course and will share in pre- and post-race entertainment. As the premiere athletic event of Pride Weekend, the Pride run is an inclusive event celebrating health, fitness and community. You can enjoy music, get exercise, meet new friends and perhaps win some great raffle prizes. Last year's prizes included a trip to Vienna, round-trip domestic flights through Continental and Equinox gym memberships. The race starts at 9:00 am with a festival before and after the run. All proceeds benefit charity. Sign up today! For more information about the race and to register, click on the following link:

FRNY, a running club for lesbians, gay men and supportive others with over 500 members, has formed a two-year partnership with AIDS Service Center NYC. In addition to its financial contributions to ASC, FRNY is committed to bringing its mission of healthier living through running to the ASC community. Please stay tuned for information about the new FRNY Wellness Room at the Union Square location and a special run leading from the new Keith Haring ASC Harlem Center in East Harlem on Sunday, May 23 (Keith Haring ASC Harlem Center, 315 East 104th Street, at 2nd Avenue). For more information about Front Runners New York, please visit The club has runs for people of all levels every Wednesday night and Saturday morning and is always looking for newcomers!

May 3, 2010

Women's support group in East Harlem.

The Keith Haring Foundation is helping ASC to transform our East Harlem offices through a renovation and naming grant that will boldly present Haring's iconic artwork while sustaining a safe space for Harlem residents to find respect, connection, and care.

The New York City Council is backing the initiative as well. Under the leadership of Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito, the Council will help outfit ASC's Keith Haring Harlem Center with high-tech equipment and ergonomic furniture. This comfortable, welcoming environment will let us provide peer education, HIV testing, and support groups in a warm setting that feels like ‘home.'

About our Harlem services: ASC serves more than 2,600 New Yorkers affected by AIDS each year, and over half of them reside in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. ASC's Harlem Community Center on East 104th Street provides HIV testing, peer education and access to care services close to where clients live. Connecting people to medical care, helping them find housing, and educating about health-risk prevention, are all part of our work.

With that in mind, we've also mobilized support from partners to expand HIV testing and access to care throughout Harlem.

Mount Sinai's Jack Martin Clinic is expanding its Harlem community-based services through partnership with the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center. Together, we will ensure full access to our range of services; we'll escort patients to medical appointments, help them with medication and treatment adherence, facilitate support groups, and advocate with public benefits systems.

This comprehensive care coordination model keeps low income HIV-positive men and women in quality HIV care – and improves health.

How you can build for the future with us in Harlem

Renovation of the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center will begin this fall. The Keith Haring Foundation will co-host our ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2010. Become a part of our tapestry of support – and make the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center vision a reality. Naming opportunities include private counseling rooms, cooking facilities, group meeting spaces, and a garden. A website of the renovation with before and after photos will launch soon! For more information, contact Anne West-Church, Director of Development and Communications, (212) 645-0875 ext. 373 /

Photo: David Nager/ASCNYC

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