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PrEP Can Save Lives

PrEP Can Save Lives 12.1

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.

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.





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.

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