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Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

BY NATHAN RILEY | A legislative proposal in Albany to reduce stigma, curb police harassment of drug users, and improve access to clean needles demonstrated broad support at a January 15 press conference in Manhattan. State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents part of the Bronx, and Chelsea Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, both Democrats, discussed legislation they will […]

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

BY JAIME WILLIAMS | LGBT Bronx seniors now have a place to go for both camaraderie and assistance. Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, celebrated the opening of its first full-time senior center in the borough on January 14. The opening was part of a $1.5 million initiative last year to create full-time SAGE […]

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The task force charged with creating the plan for ending the AIDS epidemic in New York delivered its recommendations to the Cuomo administration on January 13, even as initiatives that are part of that plan continue to be launched. “Things are being rolled out even before our recommendations are published,” said […]

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As State Senator Brad Hoylman was pressing the Cuomo administration to issue a rule requiring New York insurers to pay for medical procedures related to gender transition, he had several conversations with Benjamin Lawsky, who heads the state agency that issued the rule on December 11, when both men were at […]

Addiction Treatment Leader Addresses State of the Art    

Addiction Treatment Leader Addresses State of the Art    

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Brad Lamm was wearing a Washington Capitals baseball cap when he arrived at Le Pain Quotidien near his Chelsea home a little after noon one recent Sunday. The place was packed with strollers and brunchers, making for a dull roar. He ordered an herbal tea and a pumpkin muffin, saying he […]

Adult Film Condom Ordinance Survives Appeals Court Review

Adult Film Condom Ordinance Survives Appeals Court Review

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  | A unanimous three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to a voter initiative that compels actors in adult films to use condoms during scenes of anal or vaginal intercourse while filming in Los Angeles County. The December 15 ruling affirmed a decision […]

Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At a World AIDS day event held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner in the city’s health department who oversees HIV programs, made a bold promise. “I am tired of hearing that that New York City is the epicenter of HIV,” Daskalakis told the crowd at the […]

How Much Will It Cost?    

How Much Will It Cost?    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Plan to End AIDS could cost tens of millions of dollars initially, with those costs first increasing then declining if the plan meets its target of reducing new HIV infections in New York State from its current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 by 2020. “Fifty million dollars would get you […]

Optimism on End to AIDS in 2020 in New York, 2030 Worldwide   

Optimism on End to AIDS in 2020 in New York, 2030 Worldwide   

BY ANDY HUMM | The Apollo Theater in Harlem was packed to the rafters on the morning of December 1, but coming from the stage was not entertainment but almost three hours of passionate speeches from elected officials and advocates marking World AIDS Day. The key message was a call for an end to AIDS in […]

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While New York City’s health department is reporting that new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were at the lowest level seen since the city began tracking such diagnoses in 2001, the diagnoses among gay and bisexual men remain stubbornly high. “What we’re seeing among men who have sex with men, we see year […]

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