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Gilead

FDA rejects two HIV drugs from Gilead Sciences

Monday, April 29, 2013
FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Gilead Sciences Inc. said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration rejected two marketing applications for HIV treatments, citing quality control problems at the company's manufacturing facilities. [ Read more → ]
vaccine

Latest HIV vaccine doesn’t work; U.S. government halts study

Thursday, April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection. [ Read more → ]
Brett Shaad

Calif. man diagnosed with meningitis is brain dead, remains on life support

Saturday, April 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A 33-year-old West Hollywood man who felt sickened by bacterial meningitis earlier this week has been declared brain dead amid warnings to sexually active gay men about the deadly strain of illness, officials said. [ Read more → ]
california

West Hollywood officials warn gay men of deadly strain of meningitis

Friday, April 12, 2013
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Officials warned sexually active gay men on Friday to beware of a potentially deadly health threat after a case of bacterial meningitis was detected in Los Angeles County. [ Read more → ]
lesbian_couple

Study: Same-sex cohabitors less healthy than those in heterosexual marriages

Sunday, March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex cohabitors report worse health than people of the same socioeconomic status who are in heterosexual marriages, according to a new study, which may provide fuel for proponents of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
gay-couple-300x240

Openly gay and bisexual men are happier than straight men, says study

Monday, February 4, 2013
MONTREAL, Quebec -- Openly gay and bisexual men are happier than straight men, according to a new University of Montreal study published in the Jan. 29, 2013 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine magazine. [ Read more → ]
healthcare

Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
SALEM, Ore. — Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity. The states aren't requiring coverage of specific medical treatments. But they told some private insurance companies they must... [ Read more → ]
cdc-atlanta

CDC: 22 percent increase in new HIV infection rates among gay, bisexual men

Friday, December 21, 2012
ATLANTA -- The number of new HIV infections for young gay and bisexual men has risen by 22 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to a new study released this week by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). [ Read more → ]
HIV-AIDS-awareness

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: When were you last tested?

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ATLANTA -- Today, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day -- a day founded in 2008 to mark all that has been accomplished by the gay community in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to remember the quarter-million lovers and brothers that were lost, and to renew the community’s commitment to an AIDS-free future, according to the Greater than AIDS campaign. [ Read more → ]
cdc-atlanta

CDC partners with ‘Sex is the Question’ for survey of men’s sexual behaviors

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
ATLANTA, GA -- The Centers for Disease Control has announced it is partnering with Emory University’s SexIsTheQuestion.org to launch the most ambitious and largest effort by a federal agency to conduct a survey of gay and bisexual men in the United States. [ Read more → ]
Truvada

FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV

Monday, July 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Truvada, the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection, or who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners. [ Read more → ]
HEI-HRC-300x205

HRC Report: 2012 sees progress toward LGBT healthcare equality

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The number of American hospitals striving to treat LGBT patients equally and respectfully is on the rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation at a press conference with U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. [ Read more → ]
coming-out

Study: Parental support of ‘coming out’ helps improve long-term health

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"Coming out" may be good for your health, particularity when your parents support the decision, according to a new study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
chicago

Chicago launches LGBT health action plan

Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Department of Public Health unveiled a new LGBT health strategy to community leaders and advocates Friday as part of the city’s Healthy Chicago initiative. [ Read more → ]
gay-couple

Study: Mental health of gay seniors jeopardized by sexual minority stress

Friday, January 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Sexual minority stress, along with aging-related stress, jeopardizes the mental health of midlife and older gay men, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health. In the study, sexual minority stress included the men’s perceptions that they needed to conceal their sexual orientation, or that others were uncomfortable with or avoided them because of they are gay. [ Read more → ]
janus

Looking back, and looking forward — Are we getting complacent about HIV?

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Janus was the Roman God of Thresholds, of transition, of beginnings and ending. He is often depicted with two faces, one for looking forward and one for looking back. January, the beginning month of the new year is named for Janus, and so, it's natural that humans take this time to look back -- and look forward -- at the approach of the New Year... [ Read more → ]
mnw-1219

Clooney takes a stand for gay marriage; study says marriage equality makes you 13% healthier

Monday, December 19, 2011
George Clooney takes a stand for marriage equality with his latest role. A new study connects anti-gay marriage laws to cardiovascular disease. Republican voters increasingly favor marriage equality, but this week several presidential frontrunners had some particularly unpleasant things to say about LGBTs. [ Read more → ]
just-married

Study: Gay men lead happier, healthier lives where gay marriage is legal

Friday, December 16, 2011
Gay men who live in U.S. states where same-sex marriage is legal make fewer doctor visits, have lower healthcare costs, and in general lead happier and healthier lives, according to a new study being published in the American Journal of Public Health. [ Read more → ]
blood-donor

United Kingdom to lift lifetime ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood

Friday, September 9, 2011
The United Kingdom will become the latest country to lift the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, relaxing a policy that officials said does not improve the safety of the blood supply. [ Read more → ]
cdc

CDC: HIV infections remain stable, increase among young, black gay, bisexual men

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
In a report issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new multi-year data disclosed that the annual rate of new HIV infections in the United States has remained relatively stable. [ Read more → ]
BlogFrameGrab1-Copy

I’m gonna wipe that AIDS right off of my face

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Several years ago, I told someone that I was HIV positive before I agreed to his invitation for a date. “Yeah, I know,” he casually replied, and then he looked a little embarrassed, as if he shouldn’t have said it. It was too late, of course; I knew exactly what he meant. He knew my HIV status because of the appearance of my face. [ Read more → ]
williams-insstitute

Report: LGBT workplace discrimination common; high impact on performance, health

Monday, August 1, 2011
The Williams Institute has released a report summarizing academic studies and other documented evidence of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the negative impact such discrimination has on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people. [ Read more → ]
meds

HIV: Treatment is Prevention

Thursday, July 21, 2011
In the New England Journal of Medicine this week is an excellent research study on HIV, entitled Preventing HIV-1 Infection with Antiretroviral Therapy. [ Read more → ]
penis-study

Conservatives attack federal ‘penis study’ approved under Bush administration

Monday, July 18, 2011
A study that examined the effect a gay man's penis size has on his sex life -- backed by the National Institutes of Health -- has come under scrutiny by a group claiming the agency is wasting tax dollars at a time when the country is trying to control its debt. [ Read more → ]
truvada

Inexpensive daily anti-HIV pill found to be effective as preventative measure

Thursday, July 14, 2011
In a groundbreaking series of recent clinical trials, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a pill containing either one or two anti-HIV drugs taken daily can reduce transmission of the HIV-virus by as much as three-quarters among heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
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