HIV / AIDS Initiative | Actors Fund

HIV / AIDS Initiative

We work with entertainment professionals to create confidential, holistic plans and support systems that will meet your immediate and long-term emotional, medical and financial needs.

While new medical treatments are giving hope for an end to the epidemic, HIV continues to create significant emotional, medical and financial needs among those infected and affected. Our social workers are here to help, whether you’re facing a new diagnosis, are receceiving disability or planning to re-enter the work force.

HIV/AIDS Initiative social workers can provide counseling services and often work in a supportive role over many years of a person's life. In addition to providing a safe, long-term place where people can talk through their experiences and feelings, our New York office sponsors weekly support groups for people with HIV and our Los Angeles office sponsors a monthly activities group. We also facilitate groups for care partners, partners who are HIV-negative and for people newly diagnosed.

If you don't live near one of our offices, we will work with you over the phone and help you locate resources in your community and coordinate those services in the context of a longer-term supportive plan.

The Actors Fund is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of privacy and confidentiality.

Eligibility

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the HIV/AIDS Initiative for support, information or referrals to community agencies. 

Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
  • Financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Kent Curtis, LCSW
Supervisor of the HIV/AIDS Initiative
212.221.7300, ext. 142
kcurtis@actorsfund.org

Chicago
Steven Haught, LCPC
Director of Social Services
312.372.0989
shaught@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Jan Kees Van Der Gaag, LCSW
Supervisor of the HIV/AIDS Initiative
323.933.9244, ext. 416
jvandergaag@actorsfund.org

Related Sites & Organizations

National Minority AIDS Council

Dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.'

GMHC

Offers a wide array of programs and supportive services for people in New York City regardless of HIV status, though many programs are designed for people living with HIV or an AIDS diagnosis.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AFC funds and coordinates prevention, care, and advocacy projects, collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services and champions effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Provides free and confidential STD clinics to the public, all of which offer HIV testing and counseling. This page lists the clinics' locations and hours in every borough.