AIDS: Project Inform recruits homeless as counselors/San

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 05:13:38 -0400


FWD  New York Times (11/04/98) P. A27; Rich, Frank

         "A TALE OF TWO CHURCHES"


Some AIDS activists, such as the former head of the Names
Project, Rev. Anthony Turney, are wondering if the shifting
demographics of the AIDS epidemic in the United States will
result in a drop off of activism. Turney asks, "Will the
predominantly white gay community in places like San Francisco
confront the obligation to see to the welfare of a population
that is not as fortunate as it is?" There are indications that
activists are indeed rising to the challenge; in San Francisco,
there is already a collaboration between Glide Memorial United
Methodist Church and Project Inform, the leading national
organization focused on providing up-to-date AIDS information.

Project Inform was started by gay men in 1985, but now has an
expanded base involving many different types of people.
Meanwhile, Glide has counselors that help the homeless get tested
for HIV, and obtain treatment and other welfare services. Some
of their counselors are even recruited from the homeless
population. However, some activists say they are burned out.

Project Inform founder Martin Delaney notes that "this is harder
work than we did 10 years ago, coming at a time when the
government and everyone else thinks the work is over." He
asserts that people should not give up, however, and that gay men
should not walk away from the issue just because it is passing to
another community.

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