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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 […]

WTF? Meningitis Message Missing Young Gay Men of Color

WTF? Meningitis Message Missing Young Gay Men of Color

BY MIGUEL ZAPATA | I’m a 20-year-old young man of color living on the Lower East Side. I was raised by my mother who is from the Dominican Republic. I’ve worked in retail sales of trendy clothes since I was 17. I am trying to get back to college and I think I want to become […]

With Four New Meningitis Cases in Gay Men, Quinn, Farley Join Call for Vaccination

With Four New Meningitis Cases in Gay Men, Quinn, Farley Join Call for Vaccination

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Citing four new meningitis cases among gay and bisexual men in New York City since the start of 2013, the city’s health department is recommending that all men who “regularly have intimate contact with other men met through a website, digital application, or at a bar or party” get vaccinated for the […]

NYC Funds Only 40 Percent of Meningitis Vaccine Need

NYC Funds Only 40 Percent of Meningitis Vaccine Need

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the New York City’s health department said publicly that it wanted to vaccinate 10,000 gay and bisexual men to stop an outbreak of invasive meningitis, it purchased just 4,000 vaccine doses, according to health department documents obtained by Gay City News. “The estimate of 10,000 was based on HIV-infected men who […]