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No Time for Covering Our Ass    

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the course of a 179-page overview of still-daunting challenges confronting America’s LGBT community — compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail — Michelangelo Signorile provides two passages that, for me, were telling first and foremost about the author himself. “Being vocal, organizing at the grass roots, […]

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Data from the US Department of Justice on whistleblower lawsuits suggest that a recent fraud case brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by three former employees is unlikely to succeed. The lawsuit, filed last year under the federal False Claims Act and a similar Florida statute by Shawn Loftis, Mauricio Ferrer, and […]

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As government funders increasingly pay for biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide less support for behavioral interventions that increase condom use and alter sexual behavior, the funding landscape for AIDS groups may shift and they will have to change how they interact with their HIV-negative […]

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For only the second time, a federal district judge has ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate. On April 2, Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, relying on the recommendations of expert witnesses, ruled state officials must provide the procedure for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy “as promptly […]

EEOC Finds Trans Civilian Army Employee Owed Public Restroom Access

EEOC Finds Trans Civilian Army Employee Owed Public Restroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged with enforcement of the federal ban on sex discrimination in employment, ruled on April 1 that a transgender woman employed in a civilian position by the US Department of the Army is entitled to use restroom facilities consistent with her gender identity. The […]

State Budget Disappoints Advocates on Plan to End AIDS    

State Budget Disappoints Advocates on Plan to End AIDS    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While advocates were looking for tens of millions of dollars or more in the final state budget to pay for the plan to reduce new HIV infections in New York to 750 annually by 2020, the final state budget contains little new money to fund the plan. “We’re definitely well short of […]

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

BY ANDY HUMM | The well-known Chelsea STD clinic on Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, run by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) in the neighborhood with New York’s highest HIV and syphilis infection rates, was shuttered for two to three years for renovations on March 21. Patients are being directed more than […]

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed    

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed    

BY JULIE “JD” DAVIDS | New Yorkers living with HIV who are younger and healthier have the lowest rates of both linkage to care and undetectable viral loads in the first year after diagnosis, according to a presentation at the recent 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle. The figures from 2006-2013 […]

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Deciding an important issue under the federal Affordable Care Act for the first time, Minnesota US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a motion by a Minneapolis area hospital and its emergency physicians to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a transgender man claiming the defendants violated the ACA because “he received […]

San Francisco Study Suggests Scope of PrEP Need in New York

San Francisco Study Suggests Scope of PrEP Need in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections suggests that New York City will have to get tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to achieve the 75 percent reduction in annual new HIV infections that the state’s Plan to End AIDS has set […]

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