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  • Howard Brown Editors Publish 'Holistic' Resource On TGNC Health

    (WC) A new book edited by professionals from Howard Brown Health aims to make information on transgender and gender nonconforming people as they age more accessible to healthcare providers.

  • April 2018’s South Florida AIDS Network Report

    This report discusses the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory board for the Ryan White Care (RWC) program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward. This report also discusses the quarterly meetings of the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC).

  • Being Transgender Considered Mental Disorder by Israeli Insurance Company

    An insurance company in Israel denied a mastectomy refund for a transgender man, claiming that gender dysphoria was a mental disorder.

  • Bisexual Men Have Higher Risk For Heart Disease Than Straight Men

    A new study published by New York University found bisexual men are more likely to get heart disease than their straight counterparts. 

  • Bisexuals at Higher Risk for STIs

    Being attracted to both men and women doesn't necessarily mean that a person will have more sexual partners. But bisexual individuals, especially males, are facing higher risk for sexually transmitted disease than in the past.

  • Bottoms Beware! Anal fissures are a real pain in the ass

    New York-based doctor Evan Goldstein said that while anal sex is an important part of many gay men’s lives, injury is usually inevitable at some point — even if precautions are taken.

  • Ca. Gov. Signs Bill to Allow Trans Foster Youth Access to Medical Services

    Governor of California Jerry Brown just signed a bill into law which will help transgender youth in the foster care system to get the medical services they need to transition.

  • Can Syphilis be Prevented?

    Syphilis rates have increased 76 percent since 2013 and without a dramatic increase in federal funding public health advocates fear the trend will continue.

  • CDC Affirms Being HIV Undetectable Prevents HIV Transmission

    The Centers for Disease Control affirmed on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, HIV positive men with undetectable viral loads pose no risk to their HIV negative partners.

  • Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

    (EDGE) When Liz Tidyman's elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string.

  • Column: Compass To Expand Mental Health Therapy Program

    We must have been very good here at Compass last year, because we received a GREAT holiday gift that we want to share! We are excited to announce that our mental health therapy program is expanding in 2019, thanks to a grant from The CenterLink – Johnson Family Foundation Mental Health Initiative. 

  • Commission Approves Restrictions On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

    Medical marijuana legalization will be on the ballot this November and if it passes commissioners in Wilton Manors want to be ready to contain it.

  • Congresswoman Introduces Sexual Health Services for LGBTQ Youth

    (AP) Yesterday, Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) held a press conference at Time Out Youth, a local LGBTQ youth center in Charlotte, NC, to announce the introduction of the Youth Access to Sexual Health Services (YASHS) Act. The bill provides federal funding to expand access to sexual health services and scientifically-based, inclusive sexual health information and support programs that promote sexual health for LGBTQ youth, young people of color, homeless youth, youth in foster care, immigrant youth, and youth in juvenile detention.

  • Feds Say Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest U.S. Drug Threat

    (Edge) Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from opioid-related overdoses across the country. About a week ago, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said overdose deaths have now begun to level off, but he also cautioned that it was too soon to declare victory.

    The DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment, which is being released Friday, shows that heroin, fentanyl and other opioids continue to be the highest drug threat in the nation. But federal officials are concerned that methamphetamine and cocaine are being seen at much higher levels in areas that haven't historically been hotspots for those drugs. The DEA is also worried that people are exploiting marijuana legalization to traffic cannabis into the illicit market or to states that don't have medicinal or so-called recreational use marijuana laws, according to the report.

    President Donald Trump has declared the U.S. opioid crisis as a "public health emergency" and just last week pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction.

    Fatal heroin overdoses rose nationwide between 2015 and 2016, with a nearly 25 percent increase in the Northeast and more than 22 percent in the South. Most of the heroin sold in the U.S. is being trafficked from Mexico, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize the most amount of heroin along the Mexico border, near San Diego, California, the report said.

    Fentanyl and other related opioids, which tend to be cheaper and much more potent than heroin, remain one of the biggest concerns for federal drug agents.

    The DEA has said China is a main source of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that have been flooding the U.S. market. China has pushed back against the characterization, and U.S. officials have stressed they work closely with their Chinese counterparts as they try to stem the flow of drugs.

    Legislation that Trump signed last week will add treatment options and force the U.S. Postal Service to screen overseas packages for fentanyl.

    The DEA's report also noted that methamphetamine is making its way into communities where the drug normally wasn't heavily used, the report said. Chronic use of meth, a highly addictive stimulant, can cause paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions, studies have shown.

    As the government enacted laws that limited access to cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine — the ingredient used to cook meth with other household chemicals — or required the medications to be placed behind pharmacy counters, officials discovered the number of meth labs began to drop.

    But the DEA has found the gap is being filled by Mexican and Latin American drug cartels that had primarily dabbled in heroin and cocaine trafficking. A saturated market on the West Coast is now driving the cartels to peddle methamphetamine into the Northeast, using the same routes they use for heroin and other drugs.

    Officials also warn that because of more cocaine production in South American countries including Colombia, they expect to see larger shipments at the Mexican border.

  • Five Takeaways from the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS

    What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” 

    — Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter

  • Gay Porn Star Shane Cook Updates Fans On His Health

    (EDGE) After sharing his cancer diagnosis earlier this year, gay porn star Shane Cook is offering fans an update about his battle with a powerful photo. 

  • Groundbreaking HIV Study To Launch in Philadelphia

    (PGN) A five-year study aimed at developing a cure for HIV is about to get underway in Philadelphia.

  • Happy Hiney: Unspoken and Untreated — Stop Living With Diarrhea 

    Even the word sounds dirty. The jump from di- to ghon- is short when our lips pronounce the words. Someone once said of pornography, “I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.” 

  • Health: MSM Wellness Confab Comes To Fort Lauderdale

    The second incarnation of a wellness conference designed for men who have sex with men (MSM) is coming to Fort Lauderdale.

    While the conference isn’t scheduled until the first month of 2019, organizers hope people will save the date and make a commitment to attend. While the free conference is open to anyone, organizers are clear about the demographic they seek to engage with.

    “We’re being intentional and trying to cover a broader spectrum of health issues facing men who have sex with men,” said Mark Reyes, one of the key organizers.

    Reyes expects about 200 GBT and other men who have sex with men to attend, mostly from Broward County and surrounding communities.The conference first took place in 2015, a two-day format, when more than 200 came.

    Topics to be covered at the 2019 Men’s Health and Wellness Conferenceinclude HIV and non-HIV-related health issues such as sexual health, physical fitness and mental health. “It’s about how to be healthy men and make better decisions,” Reyes said.

    Reyes, the senior director of community relations and administration at the Urban League of Broward County, said the disparity of those who have HIV among men who have sex with men is out of whack compared to other populations – it’s a big part of the driving force of the conference.

    Reyes hopes to move attendees toward positive actions that would improve their health outcomes.

    “We want to mobilize the MSM community,” he said. “Black and Latino communities and others are being impacted by HIV, access to health care and insurance, issues with housing or full employment, and disease. It’s all related,” Reyes said.

    Reyes has been at the Urban League for five years. He’s worked for nonprofits and at-risk communities for much of his young career, including at UrbanPromise Miami and in New York City doing HIV prevention work.

    “This conference is important for me, personally, as a gay man, and for Urban League,” he said. 

    The Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council is the main organization heading up the event. Reyes is the community co-chair of its MSM advisory group. 

    The advisory group brings together leaders and decision-makers to mobilize organizations and allies who serve the MSM community in Broward County. The group addresses the various factors that bring about HIV infection in the MSM community – what is often called an epidemic in Broward County.

    Reyes said members of the advisory group include staff from leading AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), LGBT organizations, government agencies and allied organizations, as well as non-affiliated community members.

    Conference attendees can expect a lineup of presenters, workshops and plenaries. 

    Reyes said he expects to provide a spectrum of local and national leaders to present at the conference.

    There will be three plenary sessions and three interactive break out workshop sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    The one-day conference takes place Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North, located at 6650 North Andrews Avenue. 

    There are still vendor and sponsorship opportunities for those who are interested. Online registration for the free event will be available soon. Contact Reyes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954625-2598for more information or to pre-register.

      

  • Highlights of the 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium

    The 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium occurred in May in Fort Lauderdale. This free event drew 140 people. The two-day symposium discussed many medical and mental health issues that the transgender community faces.