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May 20 Means AIDS Walk New York

May 20 Means AIDS Walk New York

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | An event that Gay Men’s Health Crisis has produced for more than 30 years is due to hit Central Park again on Sunday, May 20. In AIDS Walk’s many years, just under 900,000 people have walked, raising nearly $150 million to combat HIV and AIDS. Though GMHC is the primary beneficiary, dozens […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Midtown West Side Residents Meet to Mitigate Noise

Midtown West Side Residents Meet to Mitigate Noise

BY RANIA RICHARDSON | In a city with rampant development and a strained infrastructure, it seems like everywhere you turn there are construction sheds, blocked sidewalks, and the earsplitting sound of jackhammers. But no neighborhood is as concentrated with work as the Special Hudson Yards District, roughly from W. 30th to 41st Sts., between Eighth […]

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Three years after its planned closing sparked outrage and protests among AIDS activists, the renovation of the city’s Chelsea sexual health clinic is largely completed and the clinic has been seeing patients since Mar. 5. “I want to give credit to the important alliance between the advocates and the people who work […]

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By unanimous votes on Mar. 7, the City Council approved three measures aimed at strengthening shelter options for homeless youth in New York, including a long contested move to raise the age limit for eligibility in youth shelters to include those 21 to 24 years old. The State Legislature last year […]

Health Department Gives Peer Support to OD Survivors

Health Department Gives Peer Support to OD Survivors

BY NATHAN RILEY | Once she received the call, Cathy Kelleher dashed to the emergency room at Columbia Presbyterian and asked the man whose overdose had been reversed, “What can I do to help?” Hesitantly, he mentioned his need for a birth certificate, but the office in Puerto Rico closed after the hurricane. From this simple […]

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 […]

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While still well below overdose deaths attributable to opioids, methamphetamine overdose deaths in New York City rose by more than 200 percent in 2015 and 2016 compared to the number of such deaths in 2013. The city health department is reporting that there were 55 methamphetamine overdose deaths in the city […]

Baby’s Delivery Team Had Blue Scrubs With Badges

Baby’s Delivery Team Had Blue Scrubs With Badges

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Amidst the deluge of traffic, screeching sirens, and overall tumult of Manhattan’s far west 40s, a sidewalk ceremony took place on 10th Ave. on Feb. 15 honoring Police Officers Tiffany Phillips and Carlos Guadalupe. At the event, where they were joined by their fellow officers assigned to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old,  counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

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