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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 […]

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 […]

ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On the evening of November 29, two days ahead of World AIDS Day, a crowd of nearly 100 ACT UP members and their allies converged on the Duffy Square section of Times Square to remind New Yorkers that the battle against the epidemic continues. Michael Kerr held a sign that […]

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 […]

A Time of Urgency and Connection

A Time of Urgency and Connection

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” is co-writer and director Robin Campillo’s urgent, cogent film about ACT UP in 1989 France. This absorbing and moving drama opens with an action by the group at a medical convention that is recounted in one of its talky weekly meetings. It is an effective approach to […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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