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LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board

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When President Obama, joined by leaders throughout his Administration and in Congress, fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, he did it for one overwhelming reason: to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He did it knowing that there were – and continue to be – groups facing significant health…

Marriage – A Social Determinant of Health?

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This week is LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide observance that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. This year, we have something new to consider in terms of LGBT health – marriage. We have known for years that marriage confers a constellation of benefits that…

CROI 2016 Plenary Session on HIV in Transgender Populations (Video)

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston last month featured a first-ever plenary session on HIV in transgender populations by Dr. Tonia C. Poteat. I had the chance to visit with her following her presentation. I encourage you to watch Dr. Poteat’s plenary address at CROI. Dr. Poteat, an Assistant Professor…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

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Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently…

Stigma can kill: Making a difference for tomorrow

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Stigma killed my partner John. He died in 1994, less than a year before he could have gotten effective antiretroviral therapy that might have stopped HIV from taking his life. There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today. John was really angry when…

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain

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Summary: Data released at this year’s CROI meeting demonstrates need for continued focus and action. This week, I’m in Boston for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). It’s one of the premier scientific meetings where we hear the latest research in HIV prevention and treatment. Last year, for example, researchers presented undeniable…

Half of black gay men and a quarter of Latino gay men projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime

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If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, presented…

LGBT People Need to Take Advantage of Obamacare

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When 25-year-old Carl Anderson was diagnosed with HIV, he learned just how important health care coverage can be. Soon after his diagnosis, Carl became uninsured, and he realized he’d have to face the staggering costs of his treatment on his own. Like Carl, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are disproportionately uninsured or underinsured….