The Brent Varner Project (BVP) offers free medical care to a number of people living with HIV. BVP was created in honor of Brent Varner, a Broadway performer who died of AIDS-related complications in 1994, just as his career was beginning to take off. BVP founder, Howard Lawrence Scheiner, MD is a practicing physician in New York City along with his partner at Midtown Medical Associates, Dr. Kenneth Schaefer, MD. He has been on the front lines of treating people with HIV from the earliest days when AIDS was first recognized as a new illness.
Under the auspices of BVP, clients of the HIV/AIDS Initiative who either have no health insurance or cannot afford the deductibles and co-payments required under existing insurance coverage, can receive free medical care.