While Stony Brook was an important AIDS facility in New York at the time, it was definitely not the only one. These two institutes are both similar to the Stony Brook Facility in their purposes and intents.
Center 1: The AIDS Institute
Similar to the Stony Brook AIDS Treatment Center, the AIDS Institute was and continues to be a resource for HIV/AIDS victims. This institute was created in 1983 by the New York State Legislature. Its purpose was to:
- “Establish a comprehensive program to combat [AIDS]… through state and local governments, medicine universities, nonprofit organizations and individuals,
- “Develop and promote scientific investigations into the cause, prevention, methods of treatment, and cure of [AIDS],
- “Promote programs of education and training and improvements in instrumentation as necessary adjuncts to scientific investigations” (New York State Department of Health).
In addition to these functions, in 1988, the AIDS Institute began implementing a nursing facility to provide care for nursing home residents (“About the AIDS Institute“). This is similar to the Stony Brook center in that not only does it tend to patients, but the staff were, and still are actively searching for medical advancements in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Center 2: Cabrini Medical Center
This is panel is from block #5339 of the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt. Represented on this panel are all the people from the Cabrini Medical Center who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. This center is another example of a center that, like Stony Brook, helps AIDS victims. In 1973, the Columbus Hospital in New York was formally named the Cabrini Health Center (Gupte). Although it is permanently closed now, in the 80’s and 90’s it housed patients and its doctors helped treat symptoms of secondary illnesses. An example of one such doctor is Dr. Jeffrey Wallach.
In this image, an HIV/AIDs Victim is waiting to begin an experimental treatment for the virus. This shows that the hospital was actively conducting trials for new treatments like Stony Brook AIDS Treatment Center.
Dr. Jeffrey also served as a personal doctor for some patients. In 1989, a man named Mr. Sheaffer by the New York Times was given a non-FDA approved HIV/AIDS trial treatment called compound Q in a secret trial. Three days later, he was found in his apartment paralyzed from the waist down and temporarily blind. After being treat for symptoms, he died a month later, and his personal doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Wallach, announced his cause of death (Kolata).
Dr. Jeffrey is just one example of the many doctors whom helped fight the battle against HIV/AIDS at the Cabrini Medical Center
Not only do these two centers have similar functions as the Stony Brook Institution, but they share the same goals and purposes– to fight the stigmatization of HIV/AIDS patients in order to provide better care of those with this disease.
With this goal in mind, both centers would continue to research and implement the latest treatments and techniques for the care of HIV/AIDS patients.