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Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

Gay Men Say that HIV is a Top Health Issue, but Few Get Tested Regularly

By: Eric Brus*— More than half (52%) of U.S. men who identify as gay or bisexual consider HIV/AIDS to be the most important health issue for their community, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The 35-page report summarizes findings from a nationally representative survey of 431 men identifying as gay […]

National HIV Testing Day Works, HIV Resources for Gay & Bisexual Men

National HIV Testing Day Works, HIV Resources for Gay & Bisexual Men

By: Eric Brus*— A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Contorl finds that both the number of HIV tests administered and the number of new HIV diagnoses were substantially higher in the week around the 2010 National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) than in two other “control” weeks during that year. For the study, CDC researchers […]

#SpeakOutHIV: 25 Young Gay Men. 25 Inspiring Stories.

#SpeakOutHIV: 25 Young Gay Men. 25 Inspiring Stories.

MENLO PARK, Cal.—Twenty-five young gay men get real about HIV as part of #SpeakOutHIV, a campaign from Greater Than AIDS. The group is encouraging people to break the silence around HIV on social media in the two weeks between National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (September 27) and National Coming Out Day (October 11). Anchored […]

Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

By: Harvey Makadon, MD— As a primary care physician I routinely talk with patients about the hazards of smoking. But I must confess that I don’t think of it as something we need to teach clinicians a lot about. For example, I included the subject in a talk I was giving on LGBT health at […]

National Report Documents Hate Violence Against LGBTQ and HIV Communities

National Report Documents Hate Violence Against LGBTQ and HIV Communities

By: Eric Brus*—  High levels of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities continued last year, according to the new report, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Hate Violence 2013, from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCVAP). The 135-page report draws on data collected from 14 anti-violence programs in 13 U.S. states and […]

How The Hobby Lobby Decision Could Undermine The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

How The Hobby Lobby Decision Could Undermine The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision might make it harder for millions of LGBT Americans to access treatment that could revolutionize the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has sparked debate over whether the court’s opinion grants business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT customers and employees on religious grounds. The decision […]

Report Calls for Law Enforcement Reform Policy Dealing with LGBT people & People Living with HIV

Report Calls for Law Enforcement Reform Policy Dealing with LGBT people & People Living with HIV

Plus, watchdog group finds that media underreports major HIV news. By: Eric Brus* A new report from Columbia Law finds that policy changes are needed to address the criminalization of LGBT people and people living with HIV. “Each year in the U.S., thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer, questioning and gender non-conforming […]

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 […]