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De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

BY NATHAN RILEY | Outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to sit on a city health department study into the efficacy of establishing safe places for drug users to pursue their high — facilities that are in place all over Europe with proven track records of reducing fatal overdoses — protestors sat down in […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | AIDS advocates, nonprofit leaders, and city and state health officials gathered at the historic and resplendently restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush to mark World AIDS Day with the fourth annual End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition gathering. The December 1 event represents the city and state’s commitment to bring down the […]

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New HIV infections among New York City men who have sex with men continued declining in 2016 over 2015, according to an annual report from the city’s health department that details HIV infections last year. There were an estimated 1,541 new HIV infections in the city in 2016 and 1,172, or 76 […]

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The city health department and leading AIDS advocacy groups are scrambling to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a proposal in his new executive budget that would reduce reimbursements for local government public health spending in six core areas from 36 percent of the total to 29 percent. According to notes […]

Despite Officials’ Embrace, Skepticism Remains on Ending AIDS Plan  

Despite Officials’ Embrace, Skepticism Remains on Ending AIDS Plan  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A World AIDS Day event featured some skepticism about central components of the Plan to End AIDS, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York State from the current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 annually by 2020. “The thing that concerns me most is the issue of […]

Drug Reformers Take Stock of Attitudes Moving Their Way

BY NATHAN RILEY | Underneath the jubilant mood that swept through last week’s Drug Policy Alliance international conference in Washington was a realization that the campaign to respect the human rights of drug users is proceeding slowly, even as marijuana legalization picks up speed. Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned for marijuana legalization. Colorado’s experience […]

Town Hall Reflects Growing Anger Over City STD Efforts   

Town Hall Reflects Growing Anger Over City STD Efforts   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A town hall organized by ACT UP and the Treatment Action Group demonstrated the growing anger with the de Blasio administration and the city’s health department over what activists say is their failure to respond to rising sexually transmitted diseases and new HIV infections among the city’s gay and bisexual men. “Bill […]

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 […]

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