Here’s an old radio interview, I believe from early 2006. I was featured on John Riley’s OutFM radio show on WBAI, FM 99.5. My segment begins at 39:30 about two thirds of the way through the show. I discuss the TalkSafe/PLUSES program that I was administrating at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.
There’s some interesting stuff here about HIV and how it affects people’s lives. John was a pleasure to work with, and with his help, I even put together a short PSA to publicize the program.
Here’s the Facebook Fan page for John’s show.
TalkSafe/PLUSES ran into funding issues a year later, after I’d left. I believe it remains in existence, though in a different form, and still offers counseling to people with HIV through the HIV Medicaid clinic at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
I saw a great many individual patients, and couples, and also ran a number of short-term groups for HIV+ gay men at Talksafe/PLUSES. I developed a waiting list eventually, for guys who wanted to continue doing group therapy on a longer-term basis. Eventually that waiting list turned into a longer-term group I ran as part of my private practice. We met in my office every Tuesday night, for nearly four years, creating a tight-knit community of guys, now scattered all over the country, who still stay in in touch with me, and with one another.
A big shout-out from the People’s Therapist to the guys from the old Tuesday night HIV+ gay men’s group.