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Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thursday, April 17, 2014
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.

Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized. [ Read more → ]
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Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services. [ Read more → ]
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Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Sunday, April 6, 2014
NEW YORK — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms. [ Read more → ]
Damian Dovarganes, APLos Angeles County Public Health Clinics are offering free vaccines against invasive meningococcal disease to those without health insurance.

Concerns escalate following deaths of gay, bisexual men from meningitis

Saturday, April 5, 2014
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so. [ Read more → ]
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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

Friday, March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family. [ Read more → ]
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Report: LGBT Americans spend $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year

Monday, January 20, 2014
An estimated 33 percent of Americans who identify as LGBT smoke, spending $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year, according to data compiled by the Network for LGBT Health Equity. [ Read more → ]
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Experimental drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned

Thursday, December 19, 2013
NEW YORK -- Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people. [ Read more → ]
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Bill lifting ban on HIV organ donation heads to Obama for signature

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation that lifts the federal ban on the donation of HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive recipients. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations have jointly released a unique, groundbreaking publication to provide guidance to U.S. hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. [ Read more → ]
NIAID, via APThis April 12, 2011 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows an H9 T cell, colored in blue, infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yellow.

HIV-like virus suppressed in monkey experiment

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NEW YORK -- Doctors may one day be able to control a patient's HIV infection in a new way: injecting swarms of germ-fighting antibodies, two new studies suggest. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APJamison Green, a transgender man who owns Jamison Green & Associates, a transgender benefit consulting firm, says part of the reason more companies don’t offer transgender benefits is that many are not aware that the insurance they’ve purchased excludes treatments for transgender employees.

More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

Thursday, October 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When Koset Surakomol decided to have a sex change operation, the company she worked for told her co-workers that the man they'd labored alongside for a dozen years should be addressed as a woman going forward. [ Read more → ]
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Help pressure the feds to protect your family from meningitis

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Earlier this year, outbreaks of bacterial meningitis cropped up among gay and bisexual men in New York and Los Angeles. Fear gripped gay communities in cities across the country as many men wondered, according to the New York Times, “whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again.” There was ample reason to worry: bacterial meningitis – the swelling of the lining around the brain and the spinal cord – is a lethal disease. The symptoms come on fast but appear very ordinary; in fact, they so closely resemble the flu that many victims don’t bother to see a doctor. This can have deadly consequences... [ Read more → ]
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Doctors have convincing evidence baby born with HIV may be cured

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus - a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups: CDC must revise cancer screening policy for transgender women

Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two leading LGBT advocacy groups on Friday called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to "investigate and change any discriminatory guidelines" that deny federally subsidized breast cancer screenings for transgender women. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. governor signs law to improve healthcare training related to LGBT seniors

Friday, October 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday aims to ensure that the state's LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into training received by residential care facility administrators. [ Read more → ]
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More healthcare choices for transgender Colorado residents

Saturday, September 28, 2013
DENVER -- LGBT activists are cheering the announcement that another health insurance plan will offer services for transgender Colorado residents. [ Read more → ]
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Report: LGBT seniors suffer health disparities, economic insecurities

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
LGBT seniors suffer health disparities and economic insecurities that are compounded over the course of a lifetime with devastating effects, according to a new report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. [ Read more → ]
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White House, HHS to hold joint briefing on Obamacare and LGBT community

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday will host a joint briefing on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on LGBT Americans. [ Read more → ]
Hennepin County SheriffDaniel James Rick

Minn. Supreme Court sides with HIV+ man who claimed he had consensual sex

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man, ruling Wednesday that the statute under which he was convicted was ambiguous. [ Read more → ]
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Va. medical center to operate clinic exclusive to LGBT community

Friday, August 16, 2013
RICHMOND Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will open a behavioral health medication management clinic next week, the first in the region established exclusive to the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
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HHS reports on accomplishments, new efforts to improve LGBT health

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday said it had achieved "significant strides over the past year" and announced its objectives for the coming year, for improving the health and well-being of LGBT individuals, families, and communities. [ Read more → ]
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HHS issues visitation policy for LGBT partners in hospice, long-term care

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an official policy guidance Monday making it clear that same-sex partners and others must be given equal visitation rights at long-term care facilities, regardless of their marital status. [ Read more → ]
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NYC health officials warn of meningitis risks ahead of gay pride weekend

Monday, June 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- New York City officials have issued a warning given ahead of the upcoming gay pride weekend, advising visitors to consult their physicians about receiving a meningitis vaccination. [ Read more → ]
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Parents sue S.C. hospital over child’s gender assignment surgery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A couple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of South Carolina for what they say was an unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a toddler they later adopted. [ Read more → ]
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