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Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At a World AIDS day event held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner in the city’s health department who oversees HIV programs, made a bold promise. “I am tired of hearing that that New York City is the epicenter of HIV,” Daskalakis told the crowd at the […]

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While New York City’s health department is reporting that new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were at the lowest level seen since the city began tracking such diagnoses in 2001, the diagnoses among gay and bisexual men remain stubbornly high. “What we’re seeing among men who have sex with men, we see year […]

Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged    

Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At least one New York City man who was in a recent cluster of three men who had meningitis was previously vaccinated against the bacteria, but may have had a reduced immune response because he is HIV-positive. “We knew it was possible that some people, particularly those who are HIV-infected, could develop […]

City Council Funding for SAGE Guarantees Outer Borough Centers    

City Council Funding for SAGE Guarantees Outer Borough Centers    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A City Council appropriation in this year’s budget will allow for the most dramatic geographic expansion of services for LGBT seniors in New York’s history. For the fiscal year that began on July 1, the Council earmarked $1.5 million that will allow SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, to open […]

We Need to Change the Climate

We Need to Change the Climate

BY ROBERT TOLBERT | We need to change the climate. Yes, I am speaking about the actual climate. We need to stop fracking. We need to clean up our air and water. We need to recycle, rebuild, and retrofit. But we also need to change our political climate. Political will can’t just happen when it’s close […]

Singaporean Sex Workers’ Advocate Meets US Counterparts    

Singaporean Sex Workers’ Advocate Meets US Counterparts    

BY RYAN HOWE | On June 16, Vanessa Ho, who works on behalf of sex workers’ rights in Singapore, was among 11 advocates for sexual minorities who arrived in Washington under the auspices of the State Department for a three-week tour of the US. The advocates, who traveled as well to New York and two […]

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 […]

Governor Cuomo Makes History by Committing New York State to Ending AIDS

Governor Cuomo Makes History by Committing New York State to Ending AIDS

A COMMUNITY LETTER | On Sunday, June 29, coinciding with New York City Gay Pride, Governor Andrew Cuomo made history by committing New York State to ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2020. New York, the epicenter of the nation’s HIV epidemic since the beginning, now becomes the first jurisdiction in the world to launch […]

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 […]

Heroes of the Heart

Heroes of the Heart

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | It’s hard to believe it has been over a decade since HBO broke new ground with “Angels in America,” a revelatory adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Broadway epic about AIDS. The lavish mini-series, boasting a blue-ribbon cast including Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, won a ton of awards and cemented the cable […]

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