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State PrEP Assistance Struggles to Attract Black Men

State PrEP Assistance Struggles to Attract Black Men

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a state program that pays for a drug regimen that prevents HIV infection currently has just under 1,400 New Yorkers participating, it is lagging in enrolling African-American men, a population that will have to see substantial declines in new HIV infections if the state is to meet its goal of significantly […]

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 […]

Black AIDS Leader Talks about Being on PrEP    

Black AIDS Leader Talks about Being on PrEP    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Gary English is on PrEP. “One of the main reasons is I want to continue to be negative,” the 54-year-old English told Gay City News during an interview at a friend’s home in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. “As a person who wants to continue to be sexually active, as a mature man, this […]

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who have led HIV prevention and community-building efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender African Americans continue to express frustration that this population is not getting sufficient attention or resources in New York State’s Plan to End AIDS. “What we’re saying now is that there is a lot of rhetoric going […]

HIV Prevention Needs May Revive Black LGBT Group

HIV Prevention Needs May Revive Black LGBT Group

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Saying that the views of African-American gay men are largely missing from current discussions around HIV prevention, a group of activists hope to revive a New York City organization that was once lauded for its community building and innovative HIV prevention work. “The voice of black gay men has really gone […]