• 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jesse's Journal: Dr. George Weinberg - Society and the Healthy Psychotherapist

    When “Society and the Healthy Homosexual,” Dr. George Weinberg’s most famous book, was published in 1972, the consensus was that LGBT people were mentally ill. 

  • LBT Women and Cancer Risks: What You Should Know

    All women face certain health risks including heart disease and cancer. However, LBT women, as well as women who have sex with women, have some specific health concerns and are at a higher risk for cancer than other women. And mMany LBT women don’t know it.

  • Measure for Perfect Fit: ONE Condoms to Provide 56 Sizes

    (EDGE) When it comes to condoms, proper size matters. ONE® Condoms is excited to introduce 56 perfect-fit condom sizes to the United States. These include sizes larger and smaller than those currently available, marking a historic shift in the range of condoms that are cleared for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ONE has also acquired TheyFit Condoms, a popular European brand that will be relaunched as myONE Perfect Fit® condoms this fall. 

  • New Exercise Guidelines: Move More, Sit Less, Start Younger

    (Edge) Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.

  • New Report Shows Sharp Decline in U.S. Hepatitis A Cases

    A new report shows there has been a sharp decline in hepatitis A cases throughout the United States. An analysis of federal data found that hospitalization rates have fallen from 7.2 to 2.9 patients per million patients admitted to hospitals from 2002 to 2011.

  • OpEd: Medical Pot Almost at Our Doorstep

    "Gay men and women love pot. We know that. We have been smoking for years, recreationally and medically.