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From untreatable to undetectable and beyond.

Caring for Columbia University students for more than 30 years

In October of 1985, Laura Pinsky and Paul Harding-Douglas founded the Columbia Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP), in response to the unfolding AIDS crisis, with the mission of providing HIV information, counseling, and testing to the Columbia community.

GHAP continues to operate today as part of Columbia Health with Daniel Chiarilli as its director. If you are interested in talking to an advocate, getting an HIV test, learning about PrEP, or accessing any of the additional sexual health services that GHAP now provides, like birth control, our office is located in John Jay Hall at 539 W. 114th Street on the third floor.

Learn more about our new services and find our current walk-in hours here.


Welcome to the GHAP Archive

A message from GHAP's current director, Daniel Chiarilli:

Explore The Archive

Ad from the Columbia Spectator in 1985 looking for volunteers for cancer research, specifically Kaposi's sarcoma.

From Panic to PrEP, learn about the history of GHAP as it intertwines with the HIV epidemic.

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Information about the education GHAP provided to the Columbia community, through small sessions and large conferences.

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In The News

Coverage of GHAP and HIV/AIDS by Columbia's student press.

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GHAP current and former members share their perspectives and remembrances on their time with the project.

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An incomplete list of Columbia students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who have died from complications of HIV/AIDS.

Contact Us

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Are you a GHAP Alumnus?

Did you work with GHAP while at Columbia, or help support GHAP's mission in some way? Let us know, we'd love to include you on our People page.

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Have a question or story to tell?

Have a story to tell about how GHAP impacted your life? Or just a question? Contact us and we'll help you in any way we can.