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Conviction Nixed, But No Wrongful Imprisonment Suit for Poz Man

Conviction Nixed, But No Wrongful Imprisonment Suit for Poz Man

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an unfortunate turnabout, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on April 15 that Nick Rhoades, whose guilty-plea conviction to one count of criminal transmission of HIV was reversed by that court two years ago, could not bring an action for damages against the state under its Wrongful Imprisonment Statute. That […]

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 […]

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to add $70 million in AIDS spending to the budget for the state fiscal year that begins on April 1, roughly 30 AIDS activists took control of a suite near Cuomo’s office in Albany and began reading the names of the New Yorkers who […]

Sloppy HIV Confidentiality Breach Costs $1.1 Million  

Sloppy HIV Confidentiality Breach Costs $1.1 Million  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Delaware trial judge has ordered a healthcare provider to pay more than $1.1 million in damages to a man who convinced a jury that he lost his job because the provider faxed information about his HIV-related treatment to his workplace. In a February 1 decision, Superior Court Judge Mary Johnston, […]

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | An audit of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) found that the agency was not effectively monitoring and inspecting its housing contractors and, in the case of 32 vendors, had not even contracted for housing services, but simply signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with them. “[The Human Resources Administration] wasn’t […]

PrEP Awareness, Use “Increased Substantially,” Study Says    

PrEP Awareness, Use “Increased Substantially,” Study Says    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A series of surveys show that the awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among New York City gay and bisexual men has steadily increased between 2012 and 2014. Using data from the city health department’s Sexual Health Survey, researchers in the agency, who were led by Nana Mensah, found that the […]

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 […]

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a World AIDS Day event, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed HASA For All, city legislation that would expand eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and other benefits for people with HIV. “We believe that no New Yorker with HIV should have to choose between medication and food or medication […]

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 […]

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 […]

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