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Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A long-sought cap on rent paid by people with AIDS living in city- and state-subsidized housing is benefiting roughly 8,500 of the estimated 15,000 people that AIDS groups had hoped would be protected by the cap because of the method the Cuomo administration is using to determine eligibility. “Our initial estimate was […]

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who have led HIV prevention and community-building efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender African Americans continue to express frustration that this population is not getting sufficient attention or resources in New York State’s Plan to End AIDS. “What we’re saying now is that there is a lot of rhetoric going […]

Comptroller Scott Stringer Releases New Edition of LGBTQ Resource Guide

Comptroller Scott Stringer Releases New Edition of LGBTQ Resource Guide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Timed to coincide with Pride Week in Manhattan, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer this week is releasing the 2015 edition of the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Guide of Services & Resources,” as well as the guide’s accompanying website. The updated directory now includes roughly 600 non-profits, city agencies, […]

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS groups gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that the de Blasio administration contribute $10 million towards the Plan to End AIDS in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. “Ten million dollars is a nice first step,” said Corey Johnson, the gay […]

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly three months after the closing of the city’s Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation touched off protests, the city health department and community activists reached an agreement that will replace the services lost when the clinic was shuttered on March 21. “This plan will help make sure that […]

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The state health department has significantly reduced its estimate of the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York who are using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 3,149 to 832. “I think the number from last year wasn’t done by Medicaid,” said Dan O’Connell, director of the AIDS Institute, which is part of the […]

Chelsea Clinic Protests Shift Focus to de Blasio

Chelsea Clinic Protests Shift Focus to de Blasio

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | During a protest outside City Hall, some 30 members of ACT UP New York called on the de Blasio administration to replace the HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing services that were lost when the city closed its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year-long renovation. “This city government cannot […]

Mayor Defers to Health Commissioner on Chelsea Clinic Snafu 

Mayor Defers to Health Commissioner on Chelsea Clinic Snafu 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a World AIDS Day event this past December 1, he boldly endorsed a plan to reduce new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 annually to 750 a year by 2020. “Hope will never be silent, and that’s what you’ve all proven,” […]

Committed to the End

Committed to the End

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The sun shined brightly on May 17 as more than 30,000 walkers marched for the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York, the 10-kilometer trek through Central Park that supports the work of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and other local HIV/ AIDS service organizations. According to a GMHC press release, nearly $4.9 million […]

Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following a meeting with senior staff at the city’s health department, some AIDS activists are saying the department never had a plan to replace the services that were lost when the agency closed its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation. “It’s public health malpractice,” said James Krellenstein, a […]

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