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Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon w/ Annie Lanzillotto & Valerie Reyes-Jimenez
September 9 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
In 2020, according to the World Health Organization:
- 7 million people were living with HIV
- 680,000 died to AIDS.
- 5 million acquired HIV.
- of those 37.7 million people, 19.3 million were women.
- How do viruses shape our lives and our city? Effect housing legislation?
- What’s life like during COVID-19 for a survivor of A.I.D.S.?
- Where are the stories of women of color in the major A.I.D.S. narratives?
- How aware are youth today of A.I.D.S. prevention and treatment?
- There is no vaccine for A.I.D.S. What does an A.I.D.S. survivor say to Anti-Vaxxers today?
Valerie Reyes-Jimenez is an AIDS activist, long-term HIV survivor, and organizer; Associate for New York City Community Mobilization at Housing Works. She is a 2021 Marshall England Memorial Public Health Awardee. Valerie was NYC Coordinator of “C2EA” Campaign to End AIDS, a caravan of A.I.D.S activists who marched from the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and did street actions along the way over 21 days. Valerie was born and raised on the Lower East Side, and is a formidable Nuyorican mother and grandmother—abuela of an unabashedly bold and beautiful 18 year old grand-girl who is the love of her life. Valerie surmises she seroconverted in 1981 at age 16. She learned she was HIV positive February 1989 along with her late first husband, Papo–Jose Vicente Jimenez, who died of AIDS 9/9/1992.