Gail Barouh LIAAC, Ph.D. was the President/ Chief Executive Officer for LIAAC was the largest agency for HIV/AIDS on Long Island, from its beginning in May 1986 to June 2017. LIAAC extended services into other social problems and is the only mobile outreach testing group located on Long Island offering a hotline for information/crisis. Services also include mental health, substance abuse as well as other lasting diseases that excessively affect many ethics, racial, and individuals of low income.
Dr. Barouh in 1998, founded and became the CEO/Managing Director at LINCS which is non-profit is committed to offering anti-discrimination, anti-bullying, and alcohol/substance abuse community program. LINCS built as well as managed a 30,000 sq. ft. a building that headquarters to many other non-profit service agencies.
Support and bereavement
Dr. Barouh is an expert in the area of support as well as bereavement groups for those individuals and families who have experienced the devastating losses of loved ones. She has been a long-term activist in the LGBTQ community advocating for anti-discrimination laws and marriage equality.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is a virus which destroys the cells in your immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense against those diseases that help you stay healthy. When HIV destroys this immune system, it is quite easy to get sick and die from infections that your body could normally fight off.
HIV can affect anybody – about one million people in the United States are living with HIV, and more than 42,000 new infections occur every year. Most people having HIV does not have any symptoms for many years and feel totally fine, so they might not even realize that they have it.
Once you have HIV, it stays in the body for life. HIV has no cure, but there are medications that help you stay healthy for longer as well as lower your odds of giving this virus to others. Treatment is vital (that’s why testing is so very important). Those people who are HIV positive and don’t get treatment usually die from the virus. But medications, for those with HIV, can stay healthy and can live a long time.