Photos from the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball 2014

August 19th, 2014

Red Carpet photos by Instapics/Cinderella For A Day

Crowd and show shots by Tracey Buzzanco and Melisa Pendergrass

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Show and behind-the-scenes photos by Jo Ann Kraus

Getting Ready for the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball

July 21st, 2014

HDB Salons at Civic Center Marquee

Several salon owners, managers and representatives met outside the Mid-Hudson Civic Center recently before a planning meeting for the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball. Tickets are now on sale!

Debating Truvada’s “99% Effective” Rate for HIV Prevention

July 21st, 2014

(Excerpted from the New York Times)

Truvada, the once-a-day pill to help keep people from contracting H.I.V., is on the cover of this week’s New York magazine, and Tim Murphy’s cover story focuses on how the pill is changing sex by drastically reducing gay men’s fear of infection.

It’s not hard to see why: Mr. Murphy writes, “When taken every day, it’s been shown in a major study to be up to 99 percent effective.” This is a claim I hear thrown around a lot among gay men in New York. And it’s wrong. The 99 percent figure isn’t a study finding; it’s a statistical estimate, based on a number of assumptions that are reasonable, but debatable.

Here’s how the estimate was reached: A major study of men who have sex with men, called iPrEx, found that H.I.V.-negative men who were prescribed daily Truvada were 44 percent less likely to contract the virus than those who were given a placebo. But a great many of the subjects did not take their prescribed medication regularly, or at all. Of 48 iPrEx subjects who were assigned to take Truvada and contracted H.I.V. anyway, just four had any detectable level of the drug in their system when they were diagnosed, indicating a 92 percent reduction in risk for people who were actually taking the medicine.

Read the full story at

Rate of HIV Infections Declining…Except Among Gay Men

July 21st, 2014

(Excerpted from an Associated Press feature.)

According to a new major study, the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.

“It’s encouraging,” said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.

The reasons for the drop aren’t clear. It might mean fewer new infections are occurring. Or that most infected people already have been diagnosed so more testing won’t necessarily find many more cases.

“It could be we are approaching something of a ‘ceiling effect,’” said one study leader, David Holtgrave of Johns Hopkins University.

The study is based on HIV diagnoses from all 50 states’ health departments, which get test results from doctors’ office, clinics, hospitals and laboratories. The data span a decade, making this a larger and longer look at these trends than any previous study, said another study author, Amy Lansky of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings: 16 out of every 100,000 people ages 13 and older were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011, a steady decline from 24 out of 100,000 people in 2002.

Declines were seen in the rates for men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, injection drug users and most age groups. The only group in which diagnoses increased was gay and bisexual men, the study found.

Read the full AP article here.

Before the Big (Hair) Show, Dine Out in Poughkeepsie

July 18th, 2014

Though your ticket to the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball on August 17th includes complimentary hors d’oeuvre prepared by the Poughkeepsie Grand, how about a relaxing Sunday brunch, late lunch or early dinner with your fellow guests? HVCS suggests these fantastic local restaurants, all located close to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Some are even offering special discounts if you show them your HDB ticket! Each one is a past or current HVCS supporter, too, so please support the local businesses that give back to their community!Hairdressers' Disco Ball Dining Guide

The Brown Derby

25% off your meal when you show your ticket!
96 Main St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 11 am – 12 midnight

Crave Restaurant & Lounge – Dining Out for Life 2014 participating restaurant

129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 4 pm – 9 pm

The Mill Restaurant & Lounge – Hairdressers’ Disco Ball 2014 vendor

46 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 11 am – 8 pm

Nic L Inn Wine Cellar – Dining Out for Life 2014 participating restaurant

$5 off your meal when you show your ticket! Limit 1 per couple.
135 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 4 pm – 9 pm


1998 South Rd., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 12 pm – 9 pm

Poughkeepsie Ice House – Dining Out for Life 2014 participating restaurant + Hairdressers Disco Ball 2014 vendor

1 Main St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 11:30 am – 9 pm

Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden – Dining Out for Life 2014 participating restaurant

202 Main St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 12 pm – 2 am

Union Tavern – Hairdressers’ Disco Ball 2014 After-party Host

$3.50 mojitos, sangria & cosmopolitans, $5 wines, and 20% off your meal when you show your ticket.
51 Market St., Poughkeepsie
Hrs: 12 pm – 3 am

Plus, join us at Union for the HDB Afterparty from 11 pm to 3 am with DJ Prephab!

Online Ticket Sales Now Open for the Hairdressers’ Disco Ball

June 19th, 2014

This year’s Hairdressers’ Disco Ball–set to be bigger than ever at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center–takes place on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm. With a much larger venue we’re able to expand seating and offer VIP tables, so this year all tickets must be purchased online. Please visit our Eventbrite event page to purchase tickets.

However, if you experience any difficulty with the website, please call us at (914) 785-8277. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, August 17th!

Photos From Our Monticello Open House

June 16th, 2014

On Friday, June 13, 2014 HVCS held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at our new Sullivan County office at 20 Crystal Street in Monticello. Several of our non-profit neighbors stopped by for sandwiches, cake and coffee and took a tour of our beautiful new space. Thanks to everyone who came, and to those who helped make it a special day!

Photos from the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk 2014

June 10th, 2014

HVCS held its 22nd annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 on the Walkway Over the Hudson. We raised over $42,000 (so far!) at this year’s Walk. Thanks to everyone who walked, volunteered, donated, and sponsored our biggest fundraising event of the year!

Photos by Jo Ann Kraus

Dining Out for Life Drawing Winners Announced

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations to our Dining Out for Life drawing winners! On May 9th, HVCS’ J. Dewey drew the names of three winners to win great prizes to local residents. All entered to win just by dining out on April 23rd.

Grand Prize Winner: Carlos A. from Poughkeepsie
Carlos won a long weekend at 23 Conant St., a vacation rental condo in the heart of Provincetown, MA. You can stay there, too!

1st Prize Winner: Linda N. from Hopewell Junction
Linda won a $500 gift certificate from Mid-Hudson Subaru, valid on the purchase of a vehicle or in their service center.

2nd Prize Winner: Ryan J. from Poughkeepsie
Ryan won a gift pack of restaurant gift certificates and local products donated by:

Crave Restaurant & Lounge

Harry’s of Hartsdale

Hyde Park Brewing Company

Happy Bitch Wines

The Melting Pot White Plains

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tickets

plus two bottles of Bordeaux


Our Top Ambassadors were:

Most Money Raised: Bob Brink and Kim Hearn – Nic L Inn Wine Cellar. They’ve won a gift certificate to Le’Express Bistro in Poughkeepsie.

Most Envelopes Collected: Brian Kelly – Gunk Haus. He’s won a reflexology gift certificate from Scott Way and a $25 gift certificate to Le’Express Bistro in Poughkeepsie.

2nd Most Money Raised: Tami Kelly – Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill. She’s won a $25 Dave & Buster’s gift certificate plus a bottle of Bordeaux.

Thanks to EVERYONE who donated and dined for the 2014 Dining Out for Life!

New on HVCS’ YouTube Channel: How Are You Preparing for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk?

May 2nd, 2014

Sign up for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk–it’s not too late to start fundraising for May 17th’s big event!