In honor of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1, the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine teamed with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to present “World AIDS Day: Focus on the Transgender Community” at Mount Sinai West. The event featured speaker Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA, Patient Services Manager, Community Healthcare Network, and a performance by Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris and the musical group Loose Cattle. Among other activities: information booths and HIV testing were available at Mount Sinai West and at the Peter Krueger Clinic at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; The Mount Sinai Hospital distributed literature on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and other HIV-related material; and the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program-Downtown conducted additional HIV testing.
Under blue skies, 80 staff members, families, and friends from the Institute for Advanced Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System HIV service line participated in the 30th Annual 10K AIDS Walk New York in Central Park on Sunday, May 17.
The Mount Sinai team raised $7,226 to help support HIV/AIDS services, treatment, and research, and joined 40 other tri-state-area AIDS service organizations in the walk. Since its founding, AIDS Walk New York has drawn nearly 890,000 participants and raised more than $139 million.
The Spencer Cox Center for Health, part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM)—the largest provider of HIV primary care in New York State—recently added yoga classes to its roster of complementary programs, and the patient response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“After a yoga class I feel taller and more aligned, and I leave feeling elated and calm,” says Peter Weber, a patient at the Spencer Cox Center. IAM, formed in March 2014, is comprised of the Jack Martin Fund Clinic, the Comprehensive Health Program, the Peter Krueger Clinic, and three clinics at the Spencer Cox Center for Health—the Morningside Clinic, the Samuels Clinic, and the West 17th Street Clinic. Read more
The New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute has awarded the Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM) at the Mount Sinai Health System, a five-year, $5 million clinical education and training grant to help health care providers in New York State improve the outcomes of patients with HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
What started as a casual observation among physicians almost a decade ago—that patients with HIV tend to develop hypertension and have a greater risk of heart attacks than the general population—has become a formal area of study and treatment within the Mount Sinai Health System.
Under the direction of Merle Myerson, MD, EdD, Director of the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, and Director of the Cardiology Section of the Spencer Cox Center for Health, patients with HIV are being closely monitored and treated for heart disease and stroke. In fact, cardiovascular care has become increasingly critical to the overall health of HIV patients, as more of them live well into their 70s and 80s.