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October 17, 2013

LifeSkills – Past, Present and Future!

By | HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Recruiting at Fenway Health in Boston and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, LifeSkills is a 5-year, randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the LifeSkills Study is to assess a holistic and culturally responsive primary and secondary HIV prevention intervention originally developed in Chicago to address sexual risk among young transgender women, ages 16-29. LifeSkills acknowledges that many issues disproportionately face our trans communities, such as gender-based violence, bullying, discrimination, school drop-out, poverty, unstable housing, survival sex, the need for gender affirmation, and challenges accessing culturally competent healthcare, many of which directly or 
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Problem with Pink

By | Women's Health | No Comments
Even with all of the vibrant red, yellow and orange leaves sprinkling the trees this time of year, October is the month of pink. Every October we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer through fundraisers, educational events and many, many pink products. Similarly, during February’s Heart Disease Awareness Month, famous women don red dresses on the runways of New York Fashion Week to raise awareness of heart disease as part of the National Institute of Health’s “The Heart Truth” campaign. Feminine images—a red dress, a bright pink tank top—are increasingly used 
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The Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for LGBT People

By | Health Policy, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
On the morning of October 1, 2013, the first day for Americans to enroll in the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more the 2.8 million people tried to access the HealthCare.gov website.  This volume demonstrates the significant pent-up demand for access to health care.  Among those most in need of access to health insurance are LGBT Americans.  Research has shown that lesbians and transgender people have lower rates of insurance, while many gay men have had difficulty getting insured due to pre-existing HIV infection or just the perceived risk of HIV.  Others have been denied 
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