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Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has decisively rejected a constitutional challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– sometimes called “conversion therapy” — on persons under 18. In a September 11 opinion from Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith, appointed to the bench […]

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While AIDS groups want a task force to write the plan that will reduce new HIV infections in New York from its current 3,400 a year to 730 annually by 2020, the Cuomo administration is moving ahead quickly with implementing major components of that effort. “The message here today is no one […]

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a triumph for science and common sense, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 13 ruling, reinterpreted that state’s HIV exposure statute to bring it into line with current scientific evidence about transmission. The court’s decision vacated the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to up to […]

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York’s state health department is estimating that in the first five months of this year more than 3,000 people on Medicaid were taking an anti-HIV drug to avoid becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. “For the period January 2014 through May 2014, the State Health Department estimates that 3,149 […]

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a decision with the potential to open up wide gaps in nondiscrimination protections for sexual minorities, the Supreme Court has ruled that a family-owned corporation could claim an exemption from complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of the owners’ religious objections to funding certain forms of contraception. […]

HIV Prevention Needs May Revive Black LGBT Group

HIV Prevention Needs May Revive Black LGBT Group

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Saying that the views of African-American gay men are largely missing from current discussions around HIV prevention, a group of activists hope to revive a New York City organization that was once lauded for its community building and innovative HIV prevention work. “The voice of black gay men has really gone […]

Callen-Lorde Emerges as Big Player in PrEP Prevention Drive    

Callen-Lorde Emerges as Big Player in PrEP Prevention Drive    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the two-year anniversary of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Americans only slowly adopting the HIV prevention tool, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center may be writing a significant number of the prescriptions for PrEP in the country. “I don’t know that it’s a […]

Critics Fault Medical Marijuana Compromises Cuomo Demanded    

Critics Fault Medical Marijuana Compromises Cuomo Demanded    

BY NATHAN RILEY | In the closing hours of the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on an approach to medical marijuana legislation that will allow its use under carefully controlled circumstances. The law that was adopted as a result — reflecting his bottom lines but not those of Staten Island Independent Democratic Conference […]

With Three Republicans Reportedly on Board, IDC’s Avella Still Hopeful on “Conversion Therapy” Ban

With Three Republicans Reportedly on Board, IDC’s Avella Still Hopeful on “Conversion Therapy” Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the State Senate slogged through its last scheduled day in its 2014 session, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) that shares majority power with the Republicans, voiced hope that a measure to bar mental health professionals from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” on minors could yet get a […]

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