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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 → ]
HIV

Scientists: Gene therapy may one day help control HIV without use of drugs

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure. [ Read more → ]
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Studies show big promise for HIV prevention injections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal sues to force La. insurers to accept premiums for HIV patients

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal said in a lawsuit Thursday that an insurance company is violating the Affordable Care Act by refusing to take premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients pay for care. [ Read more → ]
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National Institutes of Health awards Vanderbilt $1.4 million for AIDS research

Monday, February 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The National Institutes of Health has given Vanderbilt University a $1.4 million grant to continue its research into the treatment and the development a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS. [ Read more → ]
Marijuana

New study says marijuana may help stop the spread of HIV

Saturday, February 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new study by researchers at Louisiana State University finds that THC (a main component of marijuana) given to monkeys over a 17-month clinical trial period decreased damage to immune tissue of the gut — an important site of HIV infection — by acting at the gene level. [ Read more → ]
Dick Swaab

Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay. [ Read more → ]
HIV

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 → ]
HIV

U.S. Senate approves extension of program to combat AIDS

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has approved an extension of a program established by former President George W. Bush to fight AIDS worldwide. [ 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 → ]
transgender-hospital-policy

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 → ]
Infant

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 → ]
Richard Drew, APEmbryologist Rick Slifkin displays some of the frozen sperm stored at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.

Fertility clinics helping more same-sex couples have kids

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
BOSTON -- Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy. [ Read more → ]
Jack Andraka

Meet Jack: Scientist, inventor, kayaking enthusiast, ‘Glee’ fan, likes boys, … and is only 16

Sunday, September 8, 2013
The age of 13 is a time when most American teenagers worry about their freshman year of high school, begin experiencing their first intimate attractions to others, and keep busy playing video games, texting friends, and surfing the internet. But in suburban Baltimore, three years ago -- at age 13 -- one young man decided there had to be a better way to detect cancer. [ 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 → ]
Lai Seng Sin, APTimothy Henrich of the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston speaks at the International AIDS Society Conference 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Two stem cell patients stop HIV drugs, show no detectable sign of virus

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday. [ 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 → ]
HIV

Danish scientists say they’re close to a breakthrough in finding a cure for HIV

Monday, April 29, 2013
AARHUS, Denmark -- Scientists and researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark say they believe there will be a breakthrough in finding a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) “within months.” [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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