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De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS groups gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that the de Blasio administration contribute $10 million towards the Plan to End AIDS in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. “Ten million dollars is a nice first step,” said Corey Johnson, the gay […]

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly three months after the closing of the city’s Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation touched off protests, the city health department and community activists reached an agreement that will replace the services lost when the clinic was shuttered on March 21. “This plan will help make sure that […]

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 […]

Mayor Defers to Health Commissioner on Chelsea Clinic Snafu 

Mayor Defers to Health Commissioner on Chelsea Clinic Snafu 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a World AIDS Day event this past December 1, he boldly endorsed a plan to reduce new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 annually to 750 a year by 2020. “Hope will never be silent, and that’s what you’ve all proven,” […]

AIDS Advocates, Activists Press City on Shuttered Chelsea Clinic

AIDS Advocates, Activists Press City on Shuttered Chelsea Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York City’s health department is facing growing demands to replace the services that were eliminated when it shuttered its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for two years during a $17 million renovation of that facility. “This action poses an immediate and severe threat to the public health of the City, not […]

Advocates Rally With Cuomo as He Accepts Plan to End AIDS Blueprint   

Advocates Rally With Cuomo as He Accepts Plan to End AIDS Blueprint   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While some participants on the 63-member task force that wrote a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 were unhappy that Governor Andrew Cuomo did not fully fund the plan in the state’s current budget, there were only cheers for Cuomo at a rally where he accepted the […]

City Request for Health Services Bids Shows Shift to PrEP, TasP Funding 

City Request for Health Services Bids Shows Shift to PrEP, TasP Funding 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | City contracts that were recently put out for bids add further evidence that government HIV prevention dollars are favoring biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and moving away from behavioral interventions that seek to alter sexual behavior. “Increasingly, biomedical HIV prevention approaches have emerged as yet another […]

Syphilis “Surge” in Chelsea Dates Back to 2007    

Syphilis “Surge” in Chelsea Dates Back to 2007    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While some recent press reports claimed syphilis is surging among gay and bisexual men in Chelsea, the higher case rate in that neighborhood has existed for roughly eight years and shows no signs of declining. “From 2012 to 2014, there’s been an increase,” said Dr. Sue Blank, who heads the sexually transmitted […]

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 […]

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