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DNAInfo: City to Set Up Mobile Testing Site Outside Closed Chelsea STD Clinic

By Rosa Goldensohn

CHELSEA — City-backed HIV and syphilis testing will stay in Chelsea while the neighborhood’s public STD clinic closes for renovations, the health department announced Tuesday.

A mobile testing unit that offers syphilis and HIV tests will be stationed outside the clinic at 303 Ninth Ave. starting this summer, health department spokeswoman Veronica Lewin said.

The city will also send additional funding to clinics at Community Healthcare Network, Callen Lorde and Mt. Sinai Downtown to pay for extra testing and to add a nurse practitioner at each site, the department said.

April Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 39 bills at meetings in April, including legislation to create a universal health coverage “single payer” plan for New York State, to allow use of marijuana under medical supervision, a ban on artificial trans fats modeled on the NYC law, expanding access to emergency contraception, Adoptee Right to Know, Adult Home Resident Abuse Reporting   and requiring disclosure of medical errors.  For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description.  For the text of a bill, supporting memorandum, and information on its status, go to:

Tuesday, April 16

Preventing Illegal Cigarette Distribution – Prevents illegal cigarette sales by strengthening the state’s cigarette shipment law and enacting civil penalties for offenders.  (A365, Dinowitz, passed Assembly on 4/29/13)

Obstetrician Risk Management Continuing Education – Grants a medical malpractice premium reduction to obstetricians, other physicians who do deliveries, and midwives who take a continuing education course on risk management and birthing options for patients.  (A414A, Paulin)