Browsing Category 'HIV/AIDS'

New policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction

VOCAL is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction services, which we developed in collaboration with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. As part of its efforts to reduce state Medicaid costs, the New York Medicaid Redesign Team […]

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Join us next Tuesday, September 17th at 4:30pm at outside the United Nations at 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues for a rally and march demanding funding to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic! We’re at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  We have more evidence than ever before about what works to prevent new […]

Flier 8-14-13 DA Forum

We can keep our communities safe without resorting to mass incarceration, abusive policing strategies and the failed war on drugs. We know this from direct experience in New York City, where the incarceration rate has dropped by 32% since 2001 while major felony crimes have dropped by a similar rate. But with rampant abuses of stop […]

New York Legislature Passes Hepatitis C Testing Law!

On June 20th, the New York Senate joined the Assembly in passing a first-in-the-nation hepatitis C testing law. If Governor Cuomo signs it, thousands of New Yorkers living with hepatitis C will learn their status and gain access to life-saving care. Since the legislation was introduced early this year, hundreds of VOCAL leaders have worked […]

Metro: HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs

By Alison Bowen | Published: May 19, 2013 HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs Every month, Wanda Hernandez considers whether to use her cash for bills, rent or possibly medical care. Having lived for 15 years with HIV, Hernandez, 50, has chronic pain blocking her from work. But […]

New Report on HIV/AIDS & Homelessness in New York

“A home is, you know, sort of like air and water; I think it’s just one of those things that you need to survive as a human being…the four walls that you can call your own that no one can take away from you…” State lawmakers could prevent homelessness for thousands of people living with […]

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About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, but the state Department of Health (DOH)) estimates that 75% do not know their status. The hepatitis C virus is a leading cause of liver cancer and now kills more New Yorkers each year than HIV/AIDS,  even though a majority of people with hepatitis C can be […]

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Rally Calls For Passage of Community Safety Act to Protect Condom Promotion & Syringe Exchange Efforts  Tell the NYPD to End the War on Public Health – Condoms & Clean Needles Aren’t Crimes! The NYPD’s stop and frisk practices are putting New Yorkers at risk for HIV and other health problems, according to a coalition […]

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Bill require Hepatitis C test offer is OK’d; Bill requires doctors, hospitals to ask baby boomers about option By Rick Karlin | Thursday, June 20, 2013 Albany – If approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, baby boomers may be asked a new question when they go for medical check-ups: Do you want a hepatitis C test? The Senate on Thursday […]

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Over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus and most do not know their status even though new medications can cure most people with chronic infection. In response to this neglected and urgent health issue, the largest hepatitis C legislative awareness day yet was held in Albany on March 13th with participation from […]

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January 31, 2013 VOCAL-NY HIV/AIDS Housing Network Analysis Of Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary FY14 Budget Contact: Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS Housing Network Coordinator, jason at vocal-ny.org (Read the full budget analysis here.) On January 29th, Mayor Bloomberg released a preliminary $70.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts on July 1st.  This is the start of what’s […]

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle Reports On Syringe Access & Medicaid Reform

  Drug addicts considered in New York’s Medicaid reforms [Copied below is an excerpt – read the full article here] Written by Jessica Alaimo | December 2, 2012 To help identify cost savings, a team appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified populations who could be helped with changes to the program while savings are […]