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Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Legislation that would give the benefits currently provided to people with AIDS by the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to people who are HIV-positive but asymptomatic was introduced in the City Council, but it likely faces an uphill battle to be enacted. “We recognize that HIV is an epidemic that thrives […]

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reversing the conviction of an HIV-positive serviceman on charges of aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected oral and vaginal sex with women during swingers’ parties, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled unanimously on February 23 that the statistical likelihood of transmitting HIV under such circumstances would […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Cuomo Budget Includes Only $5 Million for PrEP

Cuomo Budget Includes Only $5 Million for PrEP

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The proposed New York state budget for the fiscal year that begins on April 1 includes $5 million for a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program serving populations at high risk for HIV infection, but documents suggest the state will cap the number of annual participants in the program at 600, a number that […]

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

BY NATHAN RILEY | A legislative proposal in Albany to reduce stigma, curb police harassment of drug users, and improve access to clean needles demonstrated broad support at a January 15 press conference in Manhattan. State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents part of the Bronx, and Chelsea Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, both Democrats, discussed legislation they will […]

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The task force charged with creating the plan for ending the AIDS epidemic in New York delivered its recommendations to the Cuomo administration on January 13, even as initiatives that are part of that plan continue to be launched. “Things are being rolled out even before our recommendations are published,” said […]

AIDS Policy Shows Where de Blasio’s New York is Succeeding

BY NATHAN RILEY | I could plant a big wet kiss on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s cheek for putting Dr. Demetre Daskalakis in charge of AIDS policy. Daskalakis is a persuader, an exciting man who understands his subject. Before he became a deputy commissioner in the city health department, he led a team that visited […]

Adult Film Condom Ordinance Survives Appeals Court Review

Adult Film Condom Ordinance Survives Appeals Court Review

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  | A unanimous three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to a voter initiative that compels actors in adult films to use condoms during scenes of anal or vaginal intercourse while filming in Los Angeles County. The December 15 ruling affirmed a decision […]

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 […]

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