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Study: HIV drug can prevent new infection when taken before and after sex

| Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after sex between two men.

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Reports: Transgender Americans face staggering rates of poverty, violence

| Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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In a year when transgender Americans are experiencing unprecedented visibility in the media, and popular culture, while simultaneously suffering extreme violence, two new reports detail the widespread discrimination and inequities the transgender population faces.

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Uncovering the ‘B’ in LGBT: Bisexuals say invisibility leads to social, health disparities

The GA Voice | Saturday, February 7, 2015
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When President Barack Obama uttered those three words at this year’s State of the Union address -- lesbian, bisexual, and transgender -- it was a milestone for LBT activists fighting for visibility in a minority world still dominated heavily by white gay men.

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LGBT Americans face greater social, economic disparities in South, Midwest, Mountain states

| Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The Williams Institute reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between states with and without LGBT non-discrimination laws.

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Medicare, Medicaid propose new rules to recognize same-sex spouses

| Thursday, December 11, 2014
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The new regulations would revise language to ensure terms like "spouse" and "representative" include gay and lesbian spouses for the purposes of healthcare visitation and decision-making.

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Georgia public health department launches HIV/AIDS website

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Health officials in Georgia have launched an online clearinghouse for information related to HIV and AIDS in the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the launch of the Georgia CAPUS Care Portal.

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Puerto Rico partners on U.S. project to develop HIV vaccine

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor says the island's largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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Exposure to hate speech on Facebook undermines users’ mental health

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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A new study from Italy finds that social networking sites like Facebook have a negative impact on individuals’ mental well-being, as well as their levels of social trust, because of their exposure to hate speech and other offensive content. Researchers analyzed a wide representative sample of 50,000 Italian citizens, assessing how much they interacted with social media and how they...

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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Medically necessary procedures related to a person's gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati's health insurance starting next year. Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change. ...

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Oregon Medicaid to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments

| Friday, August 15, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's Medicaid program will soon pay for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other treatments for transgender patients, becoming on Thursday the third state besides the District of Columbia to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments.

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