National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Health Disparities

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February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to recommit to ending HIV/AIDS stigma, increasing testing, and fighting health care disparities in black communities. While new HIV/AIDS infections in general have decreased significantly in recent years, black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and cisgender women still face wide disparities in terms of HIV/AIDS preventative care, testing, and virus management. According to the CDC, black Americans account for 45% of total new HIV infections, 40% of new infections among men, 62% of new infections among women, and 64% of new infections among children. Young black 
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Fenway Will ‘Give Kids A Smile’ With Free Dental Care On February 3

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Fenway Health Dentistry is excited to take part in this year’s Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, February 3 at our dental department. This nationwide event, which is now in its 15th year, is an opportunity for children with limited access to care to receive free dental services. Our Dentistry staff will be offering free dental screenings, fluoride treatment, and dental health education for all children age 16 and under. Simply stop by the dental department on the 6th floor of our 1340 Boylston St. location anytime between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on February 3. It is not 
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The Fenway Institute Helps Develop Model Of HIV Care For Transgender Women In Peru

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More than 100 transgender women in Lima, Peru, have joined an amfAR-funded study that aims to determine if combining HIV prevention and treatment with gender-affirming medical care will help these women access health services and remain in care. Transgender women have the highest prevalence of HIV in Peru—30 percent in Lima, according to one study, yet the least access to services. “Stigma and discrimination are powerful barriers that prevent transgender women from participating in society,” said principal investigator Dr. Javier Lama of Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA), a nonprofit that conducts HIV/AIDS research. “The staff of most public 
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Edge Media Names Policy Brief On PrEP For Transgender Women As One Of Top Women’s Health Stories Of 2016

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Edge Media Network has highlighted policy brief “Transgender women and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: What we know and what we still need to know” as one of the most important women’s health stories of 2016. The brief was released last winter by the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care—a program of The Fenway Institute, AIDS United, and ARCW. In it, researchers explored the interaction between feminizing hormones used by transgender women, and the medication currently approved for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP). The brief also brought attention to the urgent need for more lifesaving research 
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Treat Yourself To New Eyewear For A New Year

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Do you still have 2016 funds remaining in your Flexible Spending Account? Consider starting off 2017 with new, stylish pair of glasses from Fenway Health’s Optical Shop! Health savings accounts allow you to use tax-free earnings to purchase medical supplies, including eyeglasses and contact lenses. If that money is not used, it will be lost. Check with your HR department or HSA vendor to find out what rules apply to your money. By purchasing eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses at Fenway Health, you also support the mission of caring for all who need help, regardless of their income or ability 
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