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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

| Friday, March 14, 2014
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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.

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Report: LGBT Americans spend $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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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.

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Experimental drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned

| Thursday, December 19, 2013
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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.

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Bill lifting ban on HIV organ donation heads to Obama for signature

| Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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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.

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Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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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.

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HIV-like virus suppressed in monkey experiment

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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.
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.

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More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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.
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.

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Help pressure the feds to protect your family from meningitis

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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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...

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Doctors have convincing evidence baby born with HIV may be cured

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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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.

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Advocacy groups: CDC must revise cancer screening policy for transgender women

| Friday, October 18, 2013
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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.

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