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Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

Fenway: Health Risks of LGBs Not Well Documented

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service— A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT […]

El Suicidio Se Puede Prevenir: Toma Estas Medidas ¡Actúa Ahora!

El Suicidio Se Puede Prevenir: Toma Estas Medidas ¡Actúa Ahora!

Por: Wilfred Labiosa*/Columnista de TRT— ¿Cómo debemos enfrentar este problema que se suscita tanto en nuestra sociedad? ¿Cómo podemos prevenir más suicidios en nuestra comunidad? ¿Cómo debemos dialogar al respecto? ¿Por qué suceden tantas muertes por suicidio y no lo sabemos? Tantas preguntas y tan poco tiempo (y espacio) para responderlas. Aquí trato de ofrecerles […]

AIDS: Signs of Progress, But Worries About Cuts

AIDS: Signs of Progress, But Worries About Cuts

By: Lisa Keen/Keen News Service—   More than 9,000 people with HIV were on a waiting list for federal assistance in buying their medications in August 2011. On Monday, President Obama announced that, as of this week, that number is down to zero. “At one time, the need was so great that over 9,000 people […]

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

By: Kathleen Sebelius/HHS Secretary— October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month—when individuals, families, schools, and communities across the nation help to raise awareness about bullying prevention. Bullying remains a widespread problem with nearly 30 percent of adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, whether as the victim, the bully or both. An infographic  developed by the […]

Will Black Gay & Bisexual Men use Daily Drug to Prevent HIV Infection?

Will Black Gay & Bisexual Men use Daily Drug to Prevent HIV Infection?

By: Eric Brus*— Last month, a demonstration study was launched to determine whether black gay and bisexual men would benefit from the use of drugs to prevent HIV infection. Generally referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP for short, the preventive medicine is Truvada, a once-daily pill that contains the two antiretroviral drugs tenofovir and […]

Fenway Lauds Mermin Appointment to CDC's Direct National Center For HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD & Tuberculosis Prevention

Fenway Lauds Mermin Appointment to CDC’s Direct National Center For HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD & Tuberculosis Prevention

BOSTON, Mass.—Last week, Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH was named the new Director at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fenway Health congratulated Dr. Mermin and looks forward to continuing to work with him to reduce new HIV infections and […]

A Brief History of HIV/AIDS & the LGBTQ Community

A Brief History of HIV/AIDS & the LGBTQ Community

In the United States, the very first cases of HIV were discovered in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Poor understanding and misguided homophobic sentiments lead scientists into naming the virus “GRID”, or “Gay Related Immune Deficiency.” Although many of the first cases and deaths related to HIV did indeed afflict members of the gay […]

HIV Still a Crisis in LGBT Community: Support 2013 AIDS Walk & 5K Run

HIV Still a Crisis in LGBT Community: Support 2013 AIDS Walk & 5K Run

By: Rebecca Haag*/Special to TRT– Forgetting about AIDS or not thinking about your risk for HIV is relatively easy to do. Especially today when AIDS is largely seen as a disease that doesn’t kill anymore, and HIV is seen as a chronic illness that can be managed with medicine. In truth, HIV remains a disease […]

Legislative Briefing On Viral Hepatitis To Take Place Soon

Legislative Briefing On Viral Hepatitis To Take Place Soon

BOSTON, Mass. — AIDS Action Committee will join the Massachusetts Viral Hepatitis Coalition for a Legislative Briefing about viral hepatitis on Monday, May 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Member’s Lounge on the third floor at the State House. Speakers will include Joint Public Health Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Sen. John […]

The Fenway Institute applauds CDC’s 'Tips from Former Smokers' Campaign's LGBT Focus

The Fenway Institute applauds CDC’s ‘Tips from Former Smokers’ Campaign’s LGBT Focus

BOSTON, Mass–The Fenway Institute applauds the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health (OSH) for including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people among the populations featured in their new ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ tobacco cessation campaign. The campaign features compelling messages from people affected by tobacco use. […]

The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) Announces Name Change

The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) Announces Name Change

BOSTON, Massachusetts — The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP), a non-profit organization providing support and services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) victims and survivors of domestic violence, is proud to formally announce its name change to the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GLBTQ DVP). In 2011, the agency engaged in a strategic […]

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; Why You Should Care

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; Why You Should Care

By: Eric Brus*– Thursday, Feb. 7, is the 13th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). As was the case in 2012, the theme for NBHAAD in 2013 is: “I am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: FIGHT HIV/AIDS!” The purpose of the event is raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. The U.S. […]

CDC: Gay Men, Lesbian, and Bisexuals at Equal or Greater Risk of Sexual Assault

CDC: Gay Men, Lesbian, and Bisexuals at Equal or Greater Risk of Sexual Assault

BOSTON, Massachusetts — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the first set of national data on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking victimization by sexual orientation. The report found that bisexual individuals, “lesbian women and gay men reported levels of intimate partner violence and sexual violence equal to or higher […]

CDC Data on Interpersonal & Sexual Violence by Sexual Orientation

CDC Data on Interpersonal & Sexual Violence by Sexual Orientation

The first set of national prevalence data on intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking victimization by sexual orientation was released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found that lesbians and gay men reported IPV and SV over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than […]

Fenway: More HIV Prevention Funding Needed for Gay Men

Fenway: More HIV Prevention Funding Needed for Gay Men

BOSTON, Mass. — New HIV infections held steady at about 50,000 in 2010, the CDC reported last month, but new infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are up 12% from 2008 to 2010. MSM represented 64% of new infections in 2010 compared with 61% in 2009, even though […]

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