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October 2012

Health Advisory: New York City Meningitis Cases Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

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The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has issued a health alert in response to a recent outbreak of meningococcal meningitis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the New York City area. In short, there have been nine cases of this potentially deadly disease among gay or bisexual men in 2012 in New York City, including cases this past month. Meningococcal meningitis is spread by close contact—this includes kissing and other sexual activity, but also sharing utensils or drinking glasses or cigarettes. There have been no cases of meningococcal meningitis among MSM in the Boston area. BPHC’s current 
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Governor Deval Patrick to Speak on Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act at Fenway Health Board of Visitors Meeting October 23

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address, Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, at Fenway Health’s 8th annual Board of Visitors Meeting, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 in Fenway’s Ansin Building auditorium, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston. The Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act, championed and signed into law by presidential candidate and former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, paved the way for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, one of the major issues of the current presidential race.  Governor Patrick will share his perspective on how the Mass. law has transformed health care in the 
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Spirit Day 2012: Anti-LGBT Bias Hurts Youth

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Spirit Day is October 19. Started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan and championed by GLAAD, Spirit Day encourages everyone to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, who are often singled out for bullying. Anti-LGBT bias is prevalent in schools, and it is dangerous. A 2009 study of LGBT middle and high school students and 2011 GLSEN School Climate survey highlight some of the challenges faced by students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender: Eight of ten students had been verbally harassed at school. Four of ten had been physically harassed at school. Six of 
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A More Inclusive Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and information about self-breast exams, mammography, and risk reduction tips are all over the media. This information is critical—prevention and early detection are two of the best defenses against breast cancer. But often, breast cancer information overlooks the LGBT community and other minorities. Sexual, gender and other minority women are more likely to experience financial, cultural, or linguistic barriers to adequate health care. This can mean fewer doctor’s visits, mammograms, and less follow-up care. “Breast screening is part of overall health maintenance and lesbians are less likely to go for general care for 
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Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Could Prevent Thousands of Cancers and Genital Warts, Especially for Women and Gay Men

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Analysis from The Fenway Institute finds U.S. lags other countries–most U.S. doctors don’t prescribe HPV vaccine; only one-third of eligible females have been vaccinated Human papilloma virus (HPV)—contracted by six million Americans each year, mostly through sexual contact—is preventable through a vaccine now recommended for all females and males age 11 to 26. However, vaccination rates remain low in the U.S., in part because only one-third of doctors prescribe the vaccine to eligible patients, according to an analysis by The Fenway Institute released today.  HPV infection can lead to genital warts and certain types of cancer. “HPV vaccine could prevent 
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