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Jim Eigo Honored by ACT UP at 30

Jim Eigo Honored by ACT UP at 30

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Marking 30 years of AIDS activism, ACT UP held a March 22 event to recognize the work of Jim Eigo, a founding member of the group’s Treatment and Data Committee, upon his retirement. Longtime ACT UP members Eric Sawyer, Andy Velez, Peter Staley, Jay Blotcher were among those on hand […]

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS activists are pressing the Cuomo administration to commit to spending $70 million for the Plan to End AIDS in the state fiscal year that begins on April 1. “This was the governor’s initiative and the governor needs to step up,” said Charles King, the chief executive of Housing Works, an […]

Asbestos Delayed Chelsea Clinic Renovation

Asbestos Delayed Chelsea Clinic Renovation

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While AIDS groups and activists remain focused on replacing the services that were lost when the city closed its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a renovation, city documents obtained by Gay City News show that the start of the renovation was repeatedly delayed. “Regardless of when the city got its act […]

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 […]

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,” […]

Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following a meeting with senior staff at the city’s health department, some AIDS activists are saying the department never had a plan to replace the services that were lost when the agency closed its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation. “It’s public health malpractice,” said James Krellenstein, a […]

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 […]

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