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September 2013

September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Friday, September 27 is National Gay Men’s HI/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). Launched in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), this observance day recognizes the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. You can learn more about NGMHAAD and find resources you can use to get involved on AIDS.gov, the federal government’s HIV/AIDS web site. It is true that HIV is treatable, and full-blown AIDS is increasingly uncommon, but that is only part of the story. There are now more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and around 200,000 remain unaware of their infection. A 
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Free Care Can Open Doors to Insurance Enrollment

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After Massachusetts had passed statewide health reform, Jon Vincent started thinking about health insurance enrollment. Vincent, Fenway Health’s Program Director for Prevention, Education, and Screening, thought it would be a good time to open an STD clinic for sexual minority people who weren’t connected to what he calls the “continuum of care.” Health reform in Massachusetts didn’t fully address ongoing funding challenges facing the state’s free STD clinics. The 2006 reform law’s reliance on expanded insurance coverage (which served as the blueprint for Obamacare) didn’t immediately improve care for uninsured and underinsured populations served by these clinics. Jon Vincent, Fenway 
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Global Female Condom Day – September 16, 2013

By | Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute, Women's Health | No Comments
September 16 marks the second annual Global Female Condom Day, a day of education and advocacy dedicated to female condoms. Last year, thousands of individuals and nearly 200 organizations from 26 countries participated.  When used correctly, female condoms can help prevent pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. From Condoms4all.org: “September 12, 2012, marked the first ever Global Female Condom Day. HIV/AIDS and reproductive health organizations and advocates from around the world took action on September 12 in their communities to increase awareness, access, and use of female condoms. Why? Although female condoms play a vital 
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