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PrEP Can Save Lives

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This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's theme for World AIDS Day is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: an AIDS-Free Generation". In working towards that effort, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is effective, safe, and critical. PrEP is a daily pill to prevent HIV Infection, and is a powerful tool in HIV prevention practices. When taken as prescribed, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by 92%. To learn more about PrEP, visit the CDC's PrEP webpage.
For World AIDS Day, the Education Center has produced this graphic: PrEP Can Save Lives.Click here for a full-size version.


HIV treatment, awareness lacking among U.S. gay, bisexual men

Education Center Faculty Dr. Ken Mayer talks on the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS in the minds and conversations of gay and bisexual men. He is quoted in an article released today by Reuters, "HIV treatment, awareness lacking among U.S. gay, bisexual men".

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and is used to direct attention to the continuing and disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) focuses on progress made in HIV positive MSM along the contiuum of HIV care.

Read the report here.

Do Ask, Do Tell: High Levels of Acceptability by Patients of Routine Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Four Diverse American Community Health Centers



The Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission have recommended asking sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions in clinical settings and including such data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). This is increasingly viewed as a critical step toward systematically documenting and addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The U.S. government is currently considering whether to include SOGI data collection in the Stage 3 guidelines for the incentive program promoting meaningful use of EHR. However, some have questioned whether acceptable standard measures to collect SOGI data in clinical settings exist.

Education Center Faculty Drs. Harvey Makadon, Sean Cahill, and Kenneth Mayer; as well as The Fenway Institute staff members Robbie Singal, Chris Grasso, and Dana King; and Kellan Baker from the Center for American Progress partnered on this article released today in PLOS ONE.





Welcoming LGBT Patients to Your Practice

Chicago Med Aug 2014Dr. Harvey Makadon is featured in this article from the August 2014 Issue of Chicago Medicine, a publication of the Chicago Medical Society. From the magazine: "Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual population is estimated at more than 100,000 individuals. Yet even in this LGBT-friendly city, a visit to the doctor’s office can be off-putting for these patients. Here’s how to make them feel at ease. By Benjamin Mindell"

Click here for a PDF version of the August Issue of Chicago Medicine

More from the Chicago Medical Society.





Smoking within the LGBT Community

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the Office of the Surgeon General and CDC's Office of Smoking and Health have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities. Featuring Dr. Scout from CenterLink's Network for LGBT Health Equity, "Smoking Within the LGBT Community" examines tobacco industry targeting and the importance of LGBT inclusion in the tobacco control movement.

Watch the clip here:


New Clinical Brief Now Available! Hepatitis C Infection in HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex with Men

Hep C CoverApproximately 3.2 million individuals in the United States are infected with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection. While injection drug use is the most common mode of transmission, growing evidence indicates that the virus is also being spread through sexual contact, particularly among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). In this clinical brief, we review what is known about the epidemiology of HCV among HIV-infected MSM, as well as current screening, treatment, and prevention recommendations for HCV.

View/Download the brief







Medicare now covers transgender health care!

On May 30th, an independent review panel in the US Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Medicare cannot categorically exclude treatment for gender dysphoria, including care related to transitioning. The decision now allows decisions on coverage for transgender health care services, including surgeries, to be made on the basis of individual medical need and clinical standards.

Click here to download the National Center for Transgender Equality's Fact Sheet on Medicare Coverage of Transition Related Care.

LGBT Health Week 2014


This year for LGBT Health Week, the National LGBT Health Education Center is releasing new materials focused on the importance of helping LGBT patients feel empowered to talk to their providers about being LGBT. These publications are a great way to get the conversation started! We are also offering a new webinar on creating a welcoming environment for LGBT people.

Poster for your Health Center!

DADT PosterIn response to multiple requests, we have developed a poster to display in your health center that helps create a welcoming climate. This poster encourages patients to talk to their provider about being LGBT, and lets patients know that providers will welcome the conversation. The poster complements our patient brochure, "Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your provider about being LGBT," which has been well received by patients and providers alike.

To view and download the poster for your organization, click here!




Ahora en Español!

Spanish Cover

Additionally, the patient brochure is now available in Spanish! "Pregunte y digalo: Hable con su proveedor de atencion medica sobre ser LGBT"









Free Webinar: Creating Inclusive Health Care Environments for LGBT Patients and Staff

heidi webinar

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:00pm ET
  • Faculty: Heidi Holland, M.Ed., Program Manager, the National LGBT Health Education Center
  • Register

LGBT people, like all population groups, want to receive health care in environments in which they feel welcome, included, respected, and understood. In this webinar, the National LGBT Health Education Center’s Heidi Holland, M.Ed., will describe   strategies and model policies for creating LGBT-inclusive health care spaces.  These recommendations are designed to support health centers and other health care organizations in the outreach/recruitment, support, and retention of both LGBT patients and employees.  Free CME/CEU credits are available!


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