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NYC Health Department Refuses to Pull Grisly Prevention Video

On Thursday, NYC Department of Health's Dr. Monica Sweeney continued to defend the contentious HIV prevention video that many activists called offensive and sensationalistic when it debuted on TV in December.

"We need to think of all the possible wa...

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Can Medicaid Reform Happen in a New York Minute?

New Yorkers talk fast, walk fast and eat fast. And some seem to believe they can do something else fast -- jump-start a serious overhaul of the state's budget-eating Medicaid program by spending less than two months soliciting reform ideas from inter...

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N.C. Rep: Government Shouldn't Fund HIV Treatment for People 'Living in Perverted Lifestyles'

In North Carolina this week, state Rep. Larry Brown announced that the government should not spend money to treat adults with HIV/AIDS who "caused it by the way they live."

His unfortunate and ridiculously uninformed comments are the latest in a str...

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Video and Photos: Haiti Earthquake Anniversary March and Rally in NYC

With tears literally frozen to their faces, hundreds of Haitians and their allies marched through Manhattan today, marking the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti last January.

"One year later, with all the people walking th...

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After Haiti HIV Slur, NYC's HOT 97 Makes Amends

Cipha Sounds, the DJ who inflamed the New York Haitian community after an on-air statement about Haitian women and HIV, is back on HOT 97 after a brief suspension.

"He lost family members to HIV," said Ebro Darden, vice president of programming for ...

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2010's AIDS Heroes and Villains: Unknown Crusaders and Thorny Foes

As we approached the end of the year, the Update conducted an entirely unscientific survey of AIDS activists in an effort to bring you, loyal readers, a list of 2010's most important unsung AIDS heroes and all-too-familiar villains.

Our heroes recei...

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Following On-Air Slur, Haitian Community and Allies Blast HOT 97 Outside Studio

A coalition of Haitian community groups, AIDS activists and politicians are calling for the immediate termination of HOT 97 DJ Luis Diaz following a disparaging radio statement he made about Haitian women on Friday.

"Use your airwaves to educate, no...

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Video: Nine Arrested During World AIDS Day Bloomberg Bagel Breakfast Boycott

Dec. 1, World AIDS Day -- Police arrested nine Housing Works AIDS activists wearing giant bagel costumes outside New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual World AIDS Day Bagel Breakfast at the Brooklyn Public Library this morning.

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Behind the STD Cell Phone Chip: Will It Detect HIV?

Using a cell phone chip to test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases may sound like science fiction, but a group of British scientists are working to make it a reality. Is it really a good idea, though? This article examines why some HIV a...

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With Republicans Charging in, What Will Happen to AIDS Funding?

A Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives could devastate AIDS funding both at home and abroad, according to a new analysis by the research foundation amfAR. Housing Works' Julie Turkewitz offers a perspective on how the fight against HIV...