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PrEP’s Impact Seen in City Prevention Push

PrEP’s Impact Seen in City Prevention Push

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As he was discussing New York’s Plan to End AIDS, an ambitious undertaking that aims to reduce new HIV infections in the state from the estimated 2,481 in 2014 to 750 annually by 2020, the relentlessly upbeat Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, New York City’s deputy commissioner for disease control, was blunt when asked […]

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Eight days after the May 4 death of Mx Bostick, a transgender Chelsea resident who suffered a blow to the head on April 25, more than 100 transgender New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the site of the crime to honor Bostick’s memory and demand action on issues from police responsiveness […]

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly a dozen AIDS services and advocacy groups protested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office demanding that he reverse a change in the state’s proposed budget that would reduce funding for the New York City health clinics that are a core part of the city’s effort to substantially cut new […]

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The city health department and leading AIDS advocacy groups are scrambling to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a proposal in his new executive budget that would reduce reimbursements for local government public health spending in six core areas from 36 percent of the total to 29 percent. According to notes […]

CDC Cites Rising HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Latino Men

CDC Cites Rising HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Latino Men

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual Latino men in the US increased from 2008 through 2013 while diagnoses among all Latinos in the US declined during that period. “During 2008–2013, the rate of diagnoses of HIV infection among adult […]

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 […]

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As government funders increasingly pay for biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide less support for behavioral interventions that increase condom use and alter sexual behavior, the funding landscape for AIDS groups may shift and they will have to change how they interact with their HIV-negative […]

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 […]

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS activists are protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo for ordering quarantine for people returning to the US from West Africa after having close contact with someone who has Ebola there. “There is no science to support the idea that a person should be quarantined before they are symptomatic,” said Charles King, […]

Conversant on AIDS, New Health Commissioner Not Known Among Advocates

Conversant on AIDS, New Health Commissioner Not Known Among Advocates

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With his selection of Dr. Mary Bassett to head the city’s health department, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose someone who is unknown to AIDS groups, but is praised by non-profits that have worked with her before. “I don’t know her,” said Daniel Tietz, the executive director of ACRIA, an AIDS services and […]