HIV Initiative | Entertainment Community Fund

HIV Initiative

Are you an entertainment professional living with HIV/AIDS, newly diagnosed or caring for a loved one? We can help you create confidential, holistic plans and support systems to meet your immediate and long-term emotional, medical and financial needs. 

While new medical treatments have given 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 through the continuum of living with HIV.

HIV Initiative social workers can provide counseling services and often work in a supportive role over many years of a person's life. We provide a safe, long-term network where people can receive both individual and group support.

We can connect with you by phone, virtually or in person to help you locate resources in your community and coordinate those services in the context of a longer-term supportive plan.

The Entertainment Community Fund is committed to maintaining your privacy and confidentiality.

Am I eligible?

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

For financial assistance, we will ask for an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility requirements for financial assistance are:

  • A minimum of three years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last seven 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
  • Documented Financial need

If you have questions regarding financial assistance, please contact us.

Get in touch:

No matter where you live in the U.S., we’re here to help. Get in touch with your nearest regional office at:

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

Chicago
Jaime Delgado
Social Worker, Central Region
312.880.1537
jddelgado@entertainmentcommunity.org

Los Angeles
Lara Green, LCSW
Social Work Supervisor
323.933.9244, ext. 416
lgreen@entertainmentcommunity.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.