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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 […]

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New HIV infections among New York City men who have sex with men continued declining in 2016 over 2015, according to an annual report from the city’s health department that details HIV infections last year. There were an estimated 1,541 new HIV infections in the city in 2016 and 1,172, or 76 […]

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

BY DR. OXIRIS BARBOT AND DR. DEMETRE DASKALAKIS | “Tens across the board!,” the emcee screams into the microphone as three young, queer New Yorkers of color walk the runway of the R.E.D. Ball with giant angel wings that they designed and assembled just for this night. On the runway at the R.E.D. Ball, everyone is […]

Time For Radical Activism on Overdose Deaths

BY NATHAN RILEY AND PAUL SCHINDLER | A wave of revulsion and anger swept through the drug reform community with the news that the New York City health department’s final count for 2016 overdose deaths was 1,347. That’s a 46 percent increase from 2015. The sixth consecutive year of rising deaths from unintentional “poisonings.” Every seven […]

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 […]

City Council Ready to Move on Safe Injecting Facilities

City Council Ready to Move on Safe Injecting Facilities

BY NATHAN RILEY | New York City’s public health campaign against HIV infection and accidental heroin overdoses took a significant step forward last week. Safe Injection Facilities are now officially being explored as part of the city’s push to lower the rates of HIV transmission and reduce overdose deaths. A $100,000 study to examine the science […]

Meeting of Minds Among ACT UP, City, State  

Meeting of Minds Among ACT UP, City, State  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A town hall meeting that featured senior officials from the de Blasio administration showed that AIDS activists have reached a kind of détente with the city agencies they were picketing not long ago. “We were put into an uncomfortable place,” said Dr. Sue Blank, who heads the sexually transmitted disease unit in […]

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has just appointed Jared Fox, an out gay educator, as LGBT community liaison, a position for which LGBT education activists have been agitating for more than three decades. “I have a huge sense of urgency,” Fox told Gay City News. “We’re trying to make […]

Despite Officials’ Embrace, Skepticism Remains on Ending AIDS Plan  

Despite Officials’ Embrace, Skepticism Remains on Ending AIDS Plan  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A World AIDS Day event featured some skepticism about central components of the Plan to End AIDS, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York State from the current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 annually by 2020. “The thing that concerns me most is the issue of […]

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 […]

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