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Studying and Promoting LGBT Health

Cover of The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. Building a foundation for better understanding. Institue of Medicine.

Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an important new report about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 276-page report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, is the result of an 18-month study by a panel of experts commissioned by…

Working with the Community to Reduce New HIV Infections Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

LGBT NHAS Meeting

“The United States cannot reduce the number of HIV infections nationally without better addressing HIV among gay and bisexual men.” So declares the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), boldly and accurately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gay men make up approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 53 percent…

HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States

YouTube Thumbnail: A Conversation on HIV Prevention for Men who have Sex with Men at CROI 2011

Earlier this month, Gregorio Millett, with the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, gave two presentations on the critical HIV prevention needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. The first was titled Responding to Risk Among U.S. MSM . The second was…

Reaction to the Death of Ugandan LGBT Activist David Kato

David Kato

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) mourns the tragic loss of David Kato. As noted in the powerful statements issued by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, David was at the forefront of the fight for human rights for all Ugandans, including members of Uganda’s lesbian, gay,…

ONAP Staff: It Gets Better

Brian Bond

Yesterday several White House staff posted a blog and video as part of the ‘It Gets Better‘ project. ‘It Gets Better’ is a national campaign targeting LGBT youth that started in the wake of several high profile suicides. The campaign encourages LGBT youth who may be the subject of discrimination, scorn or ostracization to look…

Focus on the Transgender Community: Interview with Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo

As we've discussed in previous posts, the transgender community has been disproportionately affected by HIV, and often faces challenges finding and accessing appropriate services. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy addresses these disparities, starting with the vision that states: The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur,…

Engaging LGBT Leadership in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

NHAS LGBT Consult Planning Meeting

Gay and bisexual men have comprised the largest proportion of the HIV epidemic in the United States since the first cases were reported in the 1980s, and that has not changed. They still comprise the greatest proportion of infections nationally. (For more details on HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men, see CDC’s fact sheet (PDF…

Tobacco Control and HIV

Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Yesterday, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the first ever comprehensive tobacco control strategic action plan, Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan (PDF) that outlines specific, evidence-based actions that will help create a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. During a press conference at…