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Emails to CDC Show City’s Halting Meningitis Response

Emails to CDC Show City’s Halting Meningitis Response

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Confronted with an outbreak of meningitis among gay and bisexual men in September 2012, New York City’s health department appears to have struggled to respond to the disease in the early months of the outbreak. “We have two recent cases of [meningitis] in MSM who likely had contact with each other about […]

Meningitis Cases in Gays Worldwide Spark Transmission Study

Meningitis Cases in Gays Worldwide Spark Transmission Study

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With clusters of meningitis cases appearing among gay men on two continents coupled with a significant outbreak in New York City, epidemiologists cannot explain how the bug is spreading. “The cases in Europe similarly do not have a direct link to NYC so we can’t say that they are part of that […]

In Meningitis Push, Billing Disputes, Failure to Reach Medicaid Clients

In Meningitis Push, Billing Disputes, Failure to Reach Medicaid Clients

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As New York City’s health department struggled to respond to a meningitis outbreak among gay and bisexual men, the agency wanted to charge the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center for the cost of vaccine doses that it gave to the gay health clinic on behalf of the state health department. In a series […]

Hoylman Celebrates an Activist First Session

Hoylman Celebrates an Activist First Session

BY NATHAN RILEY | A jubilant Brad Hoylman entered his fundraiser with his face flushed and pep in his step. Though suits were everywhere, the freshman state senator arrived with his shirt open and casually dressed in khakis, his daughter and husband in tow, looking completely at home, confident he was among friends. He had come […]

City Buys More Meningitis Vaccine, But Effort Faulted in Med Journal

City Buys More Meningitis Vaccine, But Effort Faulted in Med Journal

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While New York City’s health department purchased nearly 8,000 meningitis vaccine doses in 2013 in addition to the 4,000 doses it bought last year, the city’s supply is still well short of the number needed to meet the department’s goal of vaccinating 30,000 to 100,000 gay and bisexual men. The health department […]

Meningitis Budget Line Zeroed Out for 2014

Meningitis Budget Line Zeroed Out for 2014

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Though it recently increased the population of gay and bisexual men who should get vaccinated for meningitis from 10,000 to between 30,000 and 100,000, New York City’s health department zeroed out its budget for responding to the meningitis outbreak for the next fiscal year. “The idea of cutting any resources that could […]

Callen-Lorde, GMHC Deliver Nearly Third of Meningitis Vaccines

Callen-Lorde, GMHC Deliver Nearly Third of Meningitis Vaccines

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly eight months after New York City’s health department reported a meningitis outbreak among gay and bisexual men and began a vaccination campaign, two gay health groups have combined to vaccinate roughly 30 percent of the 10,209 people vaccinated in that effort. “It’s been a well-oiled machine,” said Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, a […]

WTF? Meningitis Message Missing Young Gay Men of Color

WTF? Meningitis Message Missing Young Gay Men of Color

BY MIGUEL ZAPATA | I’m a 20-year-old young man of color living on the Lower East Side. I was raised by my mother who is from the Dominican Republic. I’ve worked in retail sales of trendy clothes since I was 17. I am trying to get back to college and I think I want to become […]

The LGBT Community Meets the Mayoral Candidates

The LGBT Community Meets the Mayoral Candidates

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for mayor spent 90 minutes with hundreds of members of our community last week, and the results were encouraging for those hoping to move critical LGBT needs to the top of the city’s agenda in the next four years. The candidates uniformly showed a detailed […]

Officials Now Voice Alarm Over Meningitis

Officials Now Voice Alarm Over Meningitis

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After saying for several months that it has the resources to address a meningitis outbreak among gay men in New York City, a senior official in the city’s health department told the New York Times that staff are “very scared” about the outbreak and are struggling to control it. And in a […]

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