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Addressing Trans Health Respectfully, Holistically

BY COREY JOHNSON & DOUG WIRTH | Imagine surviving childhood trauma, sexual assault, homelessness, an HIV-positive diagnosis, and multiple suicide attempts. That’s a snapshot of the life of one Amida Care member, a transgender woman of color living in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, her story is all too common for people of transgender experience and gender-nonconforming individuals. Transgender […]

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

BY NATHAN RILEY | If a phrase could capture New York City and State’s approach to bringing down levels of new HIV infection, it would be “drugs into bodies.” Pills in the form of pre-exposure prophylaxis are the closest thing to a vaccine that science has discovered. Instead of a single injection that last years, […]

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The city health department reported that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men fell 10.5 percent in 2015 over 2014, and new HIV diagnoses among women declined by eight percent in 2015 over 2014. For the first time in the history of the AIDS epidemic, the total number of new […]

PrEP Awareness, Use “Increased Substantially,” Study Says    

PrEP Awareness, Use “Increased Substantially,” Study Says    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A series of surveys show that the awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among New York City gay and bisexual men has steadily increased between 2012 and 2014. Using data from the city health department’s Sexual Health Survey, researchers in the agency, who were led by Nana Mensah, found that the […]

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a World AIDS Day event, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed HASA For All, city legislation that would expand eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and other benefits for people with HIV. “We believe that no New Yorker with HIV should have to choose between medication and food or medication […]

Doctors’ Embrace, Knowledge of PrEP Seen as Obstacle to Uptake

Doctors’ Embrace, Knowledge of PrEP Seen as Obstacle to Uptake

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Suggesting that medical providers may be an obstacle to the wider use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), panelists at a town hall noted that there is reluctance on the part of some doctors to prescribe the HIV prevention drug regimen and there is an ongoing challenge for patients to find providers who […]

Stigma Around PrEP Takes on Several Forms

Stigma Around PrEP Takes on Several Forms

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Various forms of stigma and a lack of education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be keeping people at risk for acquiring HIV from using the HIV prevention drug regimen, panelists at a November 19 town hall said. Tiffany M., a transgender woman and one of the five panelists, described an encounter she […]

Council Details $6.6 Million Funding for Plan to End AIDS

Council Details $6.6 Million Funding for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moving on the Plan to End AIDS, the City Council will spend $6.6 million to fund pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis programs and efforts to aid people with HIV in staying on anti-HIV drugs so they remain non-infectious. “This initiative will help continue to provide programs and education to raise awareness of […]

Greater Focus on PEP Urged    

Greater Focus on PEP Urged    

BY ANDY HUMM | More and more sexually active gay men have gone on Truvada or PrEP, the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, to prevent getting HIV. But for those not on the drug who experience exposure to HIV, there has long been the option of initiating a 28-day course of the drug in combination with others –– […]

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | In the past few years, we have experienced a revolution in the prevention of HIV. Gone are the days when approaches based on changing behavior were the only options. Biomedical technologies have provided us another set of tools in the arsenal to fight AIDS. […]

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