AIDS is not over. In fact, awareness is down as new infections are up — including among women, people of color and men who have sex with men. The roots of the epidemic are wide and deep, from stigma and misinformation to the increasing cost of care. At GMHC, we believe we can end the epidemic by addressing the underlying causes, shifting cultural beliefs and promoting smart behaviors that empower a healthy life for all of us. In , an answering machine in the home of volunteer Rodger McFarlane acted as the first AIDS hotline — receiving over calls the first night.
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The GMHC Hotline: responds to over 35, phone calls and Internet requests yearly in both Spanish and English with accurate information, emotional support, and an expansive referral service that includes over 10, service providers. You can contact the Hotline via our local number, number, or email address six days a week. The A-Team: is a one-of-a-kind face-to-face on-site crisis intervention service available on a walk-in basis, five days a week, nine hours a day. The Geffen Testing Center's services are available during walk-in hours or by appointment. HIV tests are blood or saliva based, offered free of charge, and results are available after twenty minutes or the more traditional week-long waiting period.
The organization was founded in January after reports began surfacing in San Francisco and New York City that a rare form of cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma was affecting young gay men. At the time it was the largest volunteer AIDS organization in the world. Paul Popham was chosen as the president.