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Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being Asian and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ community, individuals living with […]

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump’s announcement he intends to nominate Georgia Republican Congressmember Tom Price, one of the fiercest critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as secretary of Health and Human Services, it’s clear the president-elect is determined to push his repeated campaign pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Still, with nearly […]

Ending the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic in the Transgender Community

BY DOUG WIRTH, DANIEL DROMM, AND JIMMY VAN BRAMER | In recent years, there have been great strides in treating and preventing HIV and in reducing the number of new HIV infections in New York. Yet HIV is an ongoing crisis in the transgender community, and it often goes unacknowledged. According to the most recent data […]

State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As the Cuomo administration embarked on an ambitious plan in 2014 to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 annually by 2020, it recruited nine health agencies from across the state to design a way to implement the use […]

Harlem Rallies in Support of Trans Woman Assaulted on D Train

Harlem Rallies in Support of Trans Woman Assaulted on D Train

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As arctic air descended on New York the evening of February 12, a crowd numbering several dozen gathered at the corner of 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue to show support for Jennifer Louise Lopez, a transgender rights activist who was assaulted by another woman shouting anti-trans slurs on the uptown D train […]

A Chelsea Clinic for the 21st Century

BY WILLIAM A. SMITH | Numbers released last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that we are experiencing a major explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) across the country. At the same time, STD clinics in too many communities have been permanently shuttered due to budget cuts while incorrect assumptions are being […]

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO &  MICHAEL SHIREY | On what might have been the very nicest day so far this year, tens of thousands turned out on June 7 for the 23rd annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. The parade, which stepped off at noon, was led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and APICHA, […]

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 […]

Officials Now Voice Alarm Over Meningitis

Officials Now Voice Alarm Over Meningitis

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After saying for several months that it has the resources to address a meningitis outbreak among gay men in New York City, a senior official in the city’s health department told the New York Times that staff are “very scared” about the outbreak and are struggling to control it. And in a […]