The New York City Health Department is expanding clinical services for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at newly renamed “sexual health clinics” around the city. On Feb. 9, Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett was at the Riverside Clinic at 160 West 100th St. in Manhattan to talk about the initiative and discuss a new media campaign, described by the Health Department as “edgy,” that encourages residents to take care of their sexual health and to be sure to take measures to prevent infection. Official unveiling of the campaign took place on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 – also known as National Condom Day.
Prior to holding a press conference, Dr. Barrett took a tour of the clinic, and stressed in her remarks that testing and treatment services were available to all who came to the clinics – irrespective of income or immigrant status. Marco Poggio, a CUNY Graduate School of Journalism 2016 graduate, was there for the tour. Watch his video below.
This video is the first in a series of Voices of NY stories that will look at health equity issues in the NYC area. Support for the series has been provided by the New York State Nurses Association.