Tag Archives: gay health

NYC Launches First-Ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill Of Rights, Program To Be Supported With Transit Ads

Via press release: To kick-off Pride Month, the de Blasio Administration today published and distributed New York City’s first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve. It also reiterates that medical providers and their support staff are legally ...

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Glee Star Alex Newell Blows The Roof Off In Innovative HIV Prevention Dance Track For The CDC [VIDEO]

An innovative campaign and the song really IS fantastic. Mark King breaks it down at My Fabulous Disease: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by ...

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STUDY: HIV Rates Are Highest In US South

From the Associated Press: Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas. The study echoes other research that reported higher rates of HIV diagnoses in the South, ...

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TEXAS: Centers For Disease Control Identifies First Case Of Male-To-Male Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus

STAT News reports: Men can contract Zika through unprotected sex with other men who are infected with the virus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a finding that adds to experts’ understanding of how Zika can be transmitted. The CDC said a case of sexual transmission that occurred in Dallas in January — and was reported in ...

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CNN: There’s A “Controversy” Over PrEP [VIDEO]

For World AIDS Day, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta today reported on PrEP, which is the daily usage of Truvada as an HIV preventive. CNN’s piece characterized PrEP as “controversial” – when in fact it has been endorsed by the CDC and virtually all HIV/AIDS activists and organizations. So you can guess where this “controversy” is REALLY coming from. Watch below.

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NEW YORK CITY: Leaders To Spend $6.6M On PrEP & HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Duncan Osbourne reports at Gay City News: Moving on the Plan to End AIDS, the City Council will spend $6.6 million to fund pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis programs and efforts to aid people with HIV in staying on anti-HIV drugs so they remain non-infectious. “This initiative will help continue to provide programs and education to raise awareness of this devastating ...

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VICE: The Truvada Revolution

VICE has launched a three-part series titled The Truvada Revolution.  A drug called Truvada is the first the FDA-approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, they’re nearly 99 percent protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV-prevention changes ...

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SPONSORED POST FROM THE CDC
HIV Treatment Will Add Years To Your Life

An important message from the CDC:  More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. Approximately 168,000 of those people have never been diagnosed. Additionally, more than 50% of those infected with HIV are not being treated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knows that the key way to help people living with HIV to achieve longer, healthier ...

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STUDY: Gay Men Tan More And Have Double The Incidence Of Skin Cancer

USA Today reports: Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely as heterosexual men to get skin cancer, a new study shows. One likely reason: Gay and bisexual men are three times more likely to engage in indoor tanning, according to the study to be presented Friday in San Francisco at a meeting of the American ...

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Haters Are Thrilled About Ocular Syphilis

Matt Barber and Bryan Fischer are absolutely thrilled with the news about a handful of cases of ocular syphilis in gay men, which has resulted in two of those men going blind.

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LOS ANGELES: Officials Report Possible Cases Of Rare Ocular Syphillis Strain

Via the Los Angeles Times: Public health officials across the West Coast are urging medical professionals to look out for cases of ocular syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease that can cause blindness – after two potential cases in Los Angeles recently. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an advisory for primary and eye-care providers to look ...

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WASHINGTON: Rare Strain Of Ocular Syphilis Leaves Two Men Blind

Via the Seattle Times: Health officials are warning about an unusual cluster of syphilis infections that strike the eyes, with six cases reported in Washington state since mid-December, including four in King County. Two people have been blinded by the disease. That’s an unusually high number of cases of ocular syphilis, which affects fewer than one in every million people ...

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THAILAND: HIV Testing PSA

This PSA from a Bangkok-based HIV prevention group might not be office-friendly. Wait for the end when you can watch.

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LOS ANGELES: Vaccinations Urged For Gay Men After Three Meningitis Deaths

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today urged that gay and bisexual men be vaccinated for meningitis. Eight cases of meningitis have been reported in the Los Angeles area since the start of the year and there have been three deaths. All men who have sex with men, whether or not they identify as gay or bisexual and ...

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NEW YORK: Meningitis Outbreak Subsides

The aggressive meningitis vaccination campaigns by the state and New York City appear to be working. The outbreak cast a pall over gay night life in the city, and raised fears among gay men traveling to and from New York that they might catch the casually transmissible and highly lethal disease. Twenty-two men have been infected and about a third ...

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NY OK’s Pharmacy Meningitis Shots

Via press release: Last night, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law State Senator Brad Hoylman’s (D -Manhattan) and State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s (D-Manhattan) legislation to expand access to meningitis vaccines in the midst of an alarming and deadly outbreak of the disease among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the New York ...

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New York City Issues Meningitis Warning To Gay Pride Weekend Visitors

New York City is advising those planning to visit for gay pride to ask their doctors about a meningitis vaccination. Seven gay men have died since the outbreak began. “It would be reasonable for people traveling to New York City and participating in the events to talk to their doctors about whether or not they might benefit from vaccinations,” Dr. ...

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Free Meningitis Vaccinations In LA

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has announced that they will offer free meningitis vaccinations to gay men in the Los Angeles area. Via press release: In response to cases of bacterial meningitis among men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) that has affected men in Los Angeles and New York, AIDS Healthcare Foundation will offer free meningitis vaccines starting Monday, April 15th at its AHF Pharmacy ...

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WeHo Gay Man Brain Dead Of Meningitis

West Hollywood resident Brett Shaad was declared brain dead yesterday afternoon after suffering a fast-moving bacterial meningitis infection, prompting fears that the outbreak currently hitting New York City’s gay men has spread to the west coast. Karen Ocamb reports at Frontiers: The 33 year old West Hollywood resident was a lawyer, a real estate broker and very popular among his ...

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NEW YORK: Meningitis Warning Expands, Vaccinations Suggested For All Gay Men

Last week the New York state Department of Health expanded earlier warnings about the ongoing meningitis outbreak. The DOH now recommends that all sexually active gay men in the state be vaccinated. Vaccinations were previously only suggested for HIV+ men in some parts of Brooklyn. Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream. Common symptoms include high fever, ...

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