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Reaching Poz People Where They Live    

Reaching Poz People Where They Live    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as local HIV health care advocates push to get both New Yorkers who are positive and those who want to stay negative into doctors’ offices, they are finding out that getting out of their own offices is an important part of that mission. That’s the conclusion of Dr. Ross G. […]

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While only the broadest outlines of Donald Trump’s first federal budget are known, some AIDS groups are reacting with alarm at the possibility that his proposals could lead to large cuts in federal programs that fund care for people with HIV and services that prevent new HIV infections. “Last night President Trump […]

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not minimizing the threat that a Trump presidency and continued Republican control of Congress pose to progressive causes, including AIDS funding, a leading HIV activist is arguing that Republicans will face serious obstacles if they attempt to enact their most extreme proposals. “The less rabid Republicans are saying, ‘Baby steps, baby steps, […]

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In his interview with the ACT UP Oral History Project, Peter Staley recalled that the high price of an AIDS drug motivated him and six other members of the AIDS activist group to briefly stall the opening of the New York Stock Exchange with a protest in 1989. After sneaking into the […]

A Strong, Encouraging Start by Speaker Heastie

BY NATHAN RILEY | The trumpets did not sound when the New York State Assembly elected Carl Heastie speaker to replace Sheldon Silver, amidst murmuring outside Albany’s inner circle that the new man was hardly a breath of fresh air. Despite the historic election of the Assembly’s first African-American speaker, he was viewed with suspicion by […]

HIPAA Mystery at Harlem United

HIPAA Mystery at Harlem United

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In October of 2013, two outreach workers from the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) were walking past a Harlem United housing facility on Lexington Avenue and they came upon a dumpster on the sidewalk that they said held records including “the full name, HIV diagnosis, secondary diagnosis of MAI, medication list, […]

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 […]

Transgender Challenge to NYS Medicaid Regs Survives Motion to Dismiss    

Transgender Challenge to NYS Medicaid Regs Survives Motion to Dismiss    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan has denied most of New York State’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a variety of limitations in the state’s Medicaid program handling of gender dysphoria treatment. Rakoff did not immediately issue a written opinion supporting his June 26 ruling, but indicated one would […]

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The state health department has significantly reduced its estimate of the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York who are using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 3,149 to 832. “I think the number from last year wasn’t done by Medicaid,” said Dan O’Connell, director of the AIDS Institute, which is part of the […]

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS group are pressing an ambitious plan on the city and state they say will end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. “This isn’t pie in the sky,” said Daniel Tietz, executive director of ACRIA, an AIDS services group, at a March 12 meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual […]