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PR: NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Hosts Launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign

  Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials to speak at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater December 1, 2014 | New York, NY—Today, the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the […]

Metro New York: One Man’s Story, Living with HIV

One man’s story Living with HIV Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS community organizer with Vocal New York, was 20 when he was diagnosed with HIV after having unprotected sex with a man. “It was devastating,” said Walker, now 27 and living in the South Bronx. When he moved to New York City two years ago, Walker was […]

Huffington Post: World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope

World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate | December 1, 2014   World Aids Day is both a day of remembrance and a day of hope. Today serves as an opportunity to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to celebrate the medical advances that […]

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City Marks World AIDS Day With Ceremony at Apollo Courtney Gross | December 1, 2014 Watch the opening video here. Several people with HIV and AIDS were all in the same place on Monday for World AIDS Day. “I tested positive November 22, 1989,” said James Lister of the Vocal-NY Action Fund. “Since 1990,” said […]

The New York Times: Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say

Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say J. David Goodman | November 30, 2014 This year, police departments across the country, including in New York City, announced plans to stock up on a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin or opioid painkiller overdose. The move signaled a […]

PR: Leading AIDS and LGBT Organizations Call for Housing, Nutrition, and Transportation Assistance for All Poor NYers Living with HIV

For Immediate Release | November 26, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, Jennifer@vocal-ny.org Days before World AIDS Day, Advocates say ending homelessness and extreme poverty is vital to making Governor Cuomo’s commitment to end AIDS in NY by 2020 a reality New York, NY — Leading LGBT, AIDS and anti-homelessness advocacy organizations, along with the New […]

New York State Poised to Deny Hepatitis C Treatment to Thousands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 20, 2014 CONTACT: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org. People Living with Hepatitis C, Healthcare Providers, and Advocates Demand Medicaid Coverage for New Treatment Medications NYS Medicaid placing arbitrary restrictions on hepatitis C treatment, denying the cure to thousands of low income New Yorkers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic […]

Yes! Magazine: Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High

Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in […]

Huffington Post: States Expand Access To Lifesaving Drug After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

States Expand Access To Lifesaving Drug After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Story by Matt Sledge & Emily Kassie | October 28, 2014 NEW YORK — Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription […]

Westchester AIDS Advocates Demand Expansion of Lifesaving benefit to End AIDS in New York

October 21, 2014 | For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Flynn, (917) 517-5202 or jennifer@vocal-ny.org Statewide campaign to update eligibility requirements for low-income HIV+ New Yorkers is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade; Necessary component to achieve Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS Mt. Vernon, NY – A broad coalition of leading HIV/AIDS organizations, […]

Substance.com: Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America’s Drug User Unions

Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America’s Drug User Unions Formed to fight for “nothing about us without us” and promote health, drug user unions foster solidarity and some schisms. They’re meeting in Baltimore next week to hammer out a national plan. by Tessie Castillo | October 16, 2014 In the smoke-filled living room […]

Advocates & Doctors Oppose NYS Medicaid Restriction on Access to Hep C Cure

October 6, 2014 | Today a coalition of 40 community health organizations, medical professionals, and others from across New York State issued comments on proposed guidelines by the state’s Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board that would greatly restrict access to Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the backbone of new, highly effective treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) infection. If […]