The David Serko Project

HIV/AIDS Info and Resources

The facts about AIDS/HIV

Although AIDS seems a rather distant issue to us today, worldwide and even in our own communities it is still a significant health issue.

United States

Kennebunkport Act Up
Kennebunkport Act Up Protest 1991

• There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
• It is estimated that almost one-fifth (18.1%) of those people don’t know they have it.
• Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 650,000 have died.
• 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the U.S. each year.
• Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses although MSM comprise only around 4% of the U.S.    male population.
• African Americans accounted for 47% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2011, although they comprise only 14% of the population.
• The HIV infection rate among African American women is nearly four times higher than the rate among white women.
• The infection rate among Latinos was three times higher than the rate among whites in 2010.
• In 2011, more than 20% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. were women.
• The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
• In 2010, 31% of all new infections occurred among people aged 25–34, followed by individuals aged 13–24 at 26%.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


• More than 35 million people now live with HIV/AIDS.
• 3.3 million of them are under the age of 15.
• In 2012, an estimated 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV.
• 260,000 were under the age of 15.
• Every day nearly 6,300 people contract HIV—nearly 262 every hour.
• In 2012, 1.6 million people died from AIDS.
• 210,000 of them were under the age of 15.
• Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 75 million people have contracted HIV and nearly 36 million have died of HIV-related causes.
Source: American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)  2013

NYC health dept Act UP
NYC Health Dept Act UP Protest 1989


David was active in the AIDS activist movement in the early days of the epidemic.  He also received help from a number of organizations during his illness.  A few are listed below:

Theater Groups Responding to AIDS

Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS
Actors Fund


How To Survive A Plague
United In Anger
We Were Here


HIV History Project
Ron Goldberg’s “Boy With The Bullhorn” memoir of Act Up and AIDS activism

Act Up Protest Videos

Ashes Action October 11, 1992 March on the Bush Whitehouse
More Ashes
Wall St II March 24, 1988 (David was arrested at the protest)
More Wall St II
March on Kennebunkport September 1991
Day of Desperation Grand Central Station January 23, 1991
Target City Hall March 23, 1989

Organizations Worldwide

AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA)

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) | | |

ACT V: The End of AIDS
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-04635)

AID for AIDS International

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

AIDS Policy Project

AIDS United

amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF)


Black AIDS Institute (BAI)

Center for Health, Human Rights & Development (CEHURD)

Center for Artistic Activism

Center for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE)

The Center for HIV Law and Policy

Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+)

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Equal Education



Greater Than Aids

Health GAP

HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Housing Works

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

Médicins Sans Frontières (a.k.a. Doctors Without Borders) |


Partners in Health

Pathfinder International

Planned Parenthood




Save the Children

The Sero Project

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)

Sex Workers Project

Staying Alive Foundation

Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC)

Treatment Action Campaign (tac)

Treatment Action Group (TAG)

Urban Justice Center

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (uaem)

Women’s Legal Centre

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