• News

    April 17, 2013

    Meningitis Outbreak Accelerates in NYC Gay and Bi Communities

    Department of Health calls for 100,000 vaccinations as fatalities climb in 2013

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Getting The Meningitis Vaccine Wasn't Easy

    With the warnings out about how every active gay man in NYC should get the meningitis vaccine, I assumed it would be a breeze to make this happen for myself. But my doctor didn't even have the vaccine for people my age. He had to call it into a pharmaceutical chain and wait for them to get it, sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    If You're A Man Who's Had Sex With A Man You Met On The Internet, You May Want A Meningitis Vaccine

    If you're a man who's had "intimate contact with another man" whom you met on the Internet, the New York City Health Department recommends that you get a meningitis vaccination following a recent spike in the rare/potentially fatal disease.In addition to Internet rendezvous, the Health Department sa ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 29, 2012
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    July 26, 2012

    The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Brief History

    A few days ago, we wrote about the U.S. whooping cough outbreak -- which is the worst in 50 years. Pertussis can prove deadly to infants and toddlers, but healthy adults aren't likely to succumb to this illness. (However, it's still a good idea to get a booster shot! Details here.) Whooping coug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Are You Going To Die From Whooping Cough?

    If you have been following the news, you are probably aware of the whooping cough outbreak, and probably wonder why there is an outbreak in the first place, considering there's been a vaccine for the disease for some 70 years. But you are probably also wondering: WTF is whooping cough and is it go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2012

    As Whooping Cough Spreads, Schumer Demands Free Vaccinations

    WebMD describes whooping cough as a "disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months." It is a respiratory infection that can spread rapidly if untreated. And, in recent weeks, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that cases have been popping up across the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Queens Parents Sue City Over Mandatory Vaccinations

    Today in "Religion vs. Medicine," two parents from Queens are asking a judge to overturn a rule that allows public schools to send unvaccinated children home when there are illnesses going around. While children are required to be vaccinated in order to attend public school, there is a legal except ... More >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's Texas Fantasyland

    Rick Perry's Texas is a job-makin', low-taxin' oasis of economic growth. It's also a fantasy.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Tomorrow, Tell Someone About Your Experience With HPV (Hashtag #HPVDay)

    Zazzle​Yesterday, we proposed a plan. In an effort to increase communication about a virus most people don't know enough about -- and many women are too ashamed to talk about, even though pretty much every woman we know has dealt with it at some point in her life, maybe more than once, and eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    We Would Like to Make a Motion to Institute 'Tweet That You Have Had HPV Day'

    ​HPV: Have you heard of it? You probably have, because in the last few days and weeks it's been talked about a lot -- often incorrectly -- by people like Michele Bachmann and, most recently, tweeted about by Ayelet Waldman, wife of novelist Michael Chabon. In Bachmann's case, she's using HPV v ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2011


    Arctic Monkeys invade Central Park

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Volunteer in an HIV Vaccine Study

    ​ Fucking around might be some people's idea of volunteering in an HIV study, but believe me, there are better ways. The other night at Lips, Peppermint and friends brought together an illustrious gang of club favorites to toast each other and to promote Project Achieve's vaccine study, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Oral Sex Is Causing Cancer. But, Wait, There's a Bright Side.

    Not so cute in reality.​Scientists, who clearly do not want us to be happy, are again reminding us of a link between oral sex and BAD THINGS. This time, cancer. There's "strong evidence" linking oral sex to cancer, scientists have said, yet again. In fact, in the U.S., oral sex has surpassed t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2011
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    January 6, 2011

    Autism Via Vaccine Study is an 'Elaborate Fraud'

    Jenny McCarthy is wrong​A British study claiming that autism could be contracted from childhood vaccines, a cause championed most famously by actress Jenny McCarthy, has already been deemed a scientific mess full of errors, but a new report from a British medical journal contends that its inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Whooping Cough, There It Is: 2010's Big Epidemic.

    ​While "Whooping Cough" sounds like something you catch on The Oregon Trail right before your oxen die of dysentery from trying to cross the river, it's actually a deadly cold that's currently killing babies in California right now at a rate not seen since 1955. Why's this happening, and how d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Journalist Sued for Accurately Quoting Source Wins Case

    ​Last year freelance writer Amy Wallace wrote a story for Wired called "An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All" about anti-vaccination advocates. In the article, Dr. Paul Offit says of one such advocate, Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2010
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    December 20, 2009

    Health alert issued for mumps outbreak in Brooklyn

    ​The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an alert (pdf) to healthcare providers in response to a record mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey. The CDC traced the path of infection back to an asymptomatic 11-year-old boy who carried it from an epidemic in England to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Giant Lobsters, Courtesy of Climate Change; Does Organic Food Make You a Jerk?

    ​A new study suggests that people who buy local and organic foods -- i.e., "virtuous shoppers" -- are more likely to be immoral. Specifically, green shoppers were found to be more likely to cheat and steal. [Slate] According to recent research, higher levels of acidity in oceans, which result ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2009

    Free flu shots

    ​Saturday's free flu clinics were much more popular than the kids-only version last week, with city officials reporting that more people had been vaccinated by 1 pm than the total number vaccinated last weekend. Shots are available for anyone between 4 and 24, pregnant women, caregivers of in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Low Turnout Means Plenty of Swine Flu Vaccine, Weekend Clinics

    ​When everyone was worried about swine flu vaccine shortages, the city concentrated on getting schoolchildren immunized and discouraged "healthy, non-elderly adults" from getting shots. But at the last weekend clinics, the Times reported unexpectedly low turnout. Now the city, awash in vaccin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2009

    Weekend student vaccination centers open

    ​As part of Mayor Bloomberg's H1N1 flu plan for NYC, the Board of Health has opened vaccination centers this weekend in all five boroughs for middle school and high school students. Elementary school students above four years of age are also eligible for the free shots. Fifty private compani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Swine Flu EMERGENCY PANIC Declared by Paterson

    ​Though the CDC has stopped collecting swine-flu-specific info from states, Governor Paterson has apparently seen enough, including 75 s-f deaths since this whole PANIC kicked off, and has declared a swine flu emergency. What does that mean? The state will start allowing less-qualified medica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2009

    State backs down on mandatory H1N1 shots

    ​New York State is no longer requiring healthcare workers to take the H1N1 vaccine or risk firing, but only because they don't have enough of it.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Swine Flu Vaccine PANIC: Do We Have Enough, and Will It Kill Us?

    Swine flu vaccines will be in New York schools next week -- unless they run out: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius admits there's not enough to go around at present. "Demand is ahead of the yield," she says; Senator Joe Lieberman says there are 30 million doses available, as oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2009

    NYS healthcare workers get a restraining order against mandatory flu shots

    ​The State Supreme Court granted a restraining order to a public employee's union on Friday blocking an emergency regulation mandating seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu shots for nurses, doctors, aides, and non-medical personnel who have patient contact. The Public Employees Federation represents ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Daniel Craig at a New York Gay Club!

    ​Yes, he most surely was, as reported in this week's column [CLICK HERE], which is more packed with good stuff than a circuit queen's butt at the Black Party. Read this invigorating opus and you will also learn about:

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Get Ready for Swine Flu 2 with Dangerous Vaccines, Video Game

    ​Those of us who remember the Swine Flu PANIC of '09 may be interested to learn from the Associated Press that "NYC schools prepare for 2nd outbreak of swine flu." These epidemics historically come in pairs, and the second is usually worse. AP mainly notes anecdotal portents -- "Sharing water ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2009
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    February 18, 2009


    Serena and Venus play the Garden

  • News

    June 12, 2007

    Shots in the Dark

    New worries about HPV vaccine for kids—other than foes' warnings of promiscuity

  • Columns

    August 15, 2006

    The Slut Shot

    Will the HPV vaccine encourage sexual freedom or right-wing lunatics?

  • News

    March 15, 2005

    Soldiers Fear the Needle

    The Pentagon still fights for its anthrax vaccine

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2004
  • News

    October 12, 2004

    Down With the Flu

    Bush takes a shot at answering the big question about vaccine

  • News

    January 1, 2002

    Round Up the Unusual Suspects

    A New Health-Emergency Law Raises Concerns for the Immune Compromised

  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Relying on Blind Faith

    Media Assembles Fractured Picture of War

  • Specials

    July 25, 2000
  • News

    July 11, 2000

    Injecting Big Brother

    New Vaccines May Drug-Proof Kids

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Harvard Mafia Lives!

    Andersen Taps 'Spy' Lawyer for 'Inside'

  • News

    December 14, 1999

    Part 6: Ending the Epidemic

    African Prostitutes May Play a Crucial Role in Developing an HIV Vaccine

  • News

    November 23, 1999

    Part 4: The Virus, Past and Future

    There Are Two AIDS Epidemics—and More May Be Coming

  • Specials

    November 2, 1999
  • News

    October 12, 1999

    Rise of the Vaccine Nation

    'The New Yorker' Joins the Campaign for a Disease-Free America

  • News

    August 24, 1999

    Casualties of War

    In Congo, civil strife allows polio to survive

  • News

    September 15, 1998

    Human Rights = Public Health

    Remembering AIDS Pioneer Jonathan Mann

  • News

    June 30, 1998

    Unsung AIDS Advance

    One Vaccine Breatkthrough Overshadows Another