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A Healthcare Oasis in North Brooklyn

A Healthcare Oasis in North Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Last summer, when NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull opened its Pride Health Center focused on the needs and disparities facing the LGBTQ community, it became the first facility focused on the specific needs of queer New Yorkers living in North Brooklyn. Woodhull, a public hospital that serves patients regardless of their ability […]

Historic Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic: Back, Renovated, and Ready for a New Fight

Historic Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic: Back, Renovated, and Ready for a New Fight

BY DR. MARY T. BASSETT | In New York City, we are close to winning a battle that for decades seemed unwinnable: the annual number of new HIV diagnoses has fallen to historic lows. The fear and stigma associated with sexual health is gradually being replaced with honesty and hope. Today, March 15, we mark a […]

Insurance Discrimination Against PrEP Is Ignorant

March 5, 2018 To the Editor: In regard to “Rosenthal Takes on Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting” (by Nathan Riley, Mar. 1, 2018), by preventing the transmission of HIV, PrEP is helping HIV-negative individuals stay negative and serving as a key prevention tool in the fight against AIDS. Unfortunately, some insurance companies are denying coverage to PrEP […]

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation to bar insurance companies from discriminating against people who take the anti-HIV treatment intended to prevent infection known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Its introduction was a major step forward in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus. Known by the brand name […]

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 […]

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