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    About Me

    Prior to her retirement in June 2017, Dr. Gail Barouh served as the President and CEO of LIAAC, The Long Island Association for AIDS Care from the time it was founded in 1987. Over the years Dr. Barouh has helped LIAAC grow exponentially. Today, LIAAC helps over 1,000 individuals across Long Island suffering from HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. Dr. Barouh established Long Island’s first support groups for the family members and close loved ones of those affected with HIV/AIDS. Her experiences in this field are expressed in her book, “Support Groups: The Human Face of the HIV/AIDS Bereavement.” Gail’s education has led her to where she is today. She…

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    LIAAC Recognizes Hepatitis Awareness Month and National Hepatitis Testing Day

    May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19, 2018 is National Hepatitis Testing Day, an opportunity to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those at highest risk for viral hepatitis are: baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965); men who have sex with men; Asian and Pacific Islanders; those with HIV/AIDS; and injection drug users. There are more than three types of Hepatitis. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are each caused by a different virus and is spread in different ways. Hepatitis A can range…

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    The Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. Names its New CEO

    Since its founding in 1986, LIAAC has been a staple in the Long Island community. On June 30th, after over 30 years of service to the community of Long Island, Dr. Gail Barouh, PhD retired as the CEO of the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. After Dr. Barouh’s retirement, the LIAAC Board of Directors asked, the Board Chair, John Haigney, to take on the position of interim CEO, to help the agency as it transitioned to new leadership over the coming months. In January 2018, impressed with his leadership over this time, the Board elected John Haigney to the position of Chief Executive Officer. John Haigney has been…

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    Countdown to World AIDS Day 2017

    Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been globally observed on December 1st to unite the world in the fight against HIV. It was created to show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. This year’s theme is “Increasing Impact Through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” Working together with other organizations and the public, we can put an end to HIV/AIDS. Please join us in spreading this message of hope and determination on social media by using the hashtag #WAD2017. There are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV in the world, including an estimated million people in the United States. Closer to…

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    A Message from the Board

    On June 30th, Gail Barouh retired as CEO of LIAAC. The Board of Directors of LIAAC thanks Gail for over 30 years of service to the community of Long Island and wishes her a fulfilling and happy retirement. But we also have to express our sadness because part of the essential heart of LIAAC leaves with her. It’s hard to imagine LIAAC without Gail’s presence. For over 30 years she has been the animating spirit of the agency. LIAAC will continue to thrive and evolve in exciting new directions (thanks largely to the structures she has built), but it will deeply miss Gail’s creative and insightful leadership. I first worked…