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March 2015

Dr. Harvey Makadon Speaks On LGBT Health At UAB

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Dr. Harvey Makadon, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute, visited the University of Alabama at Birmingham last week to give a presentation on LGBT health concerns. As a leading national authority on LGBT health care challenges, Dr. Makadon travels frequently to educate and inform providers on how to better care for their LGBT patients. During his UAB presentation, he shared some troubling statistics on LGBT health care disparities. The highest number of HIV infections still occur among men who have sex with men (MSM), though that number has decreased significantly since the virus’ first 
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Why I Walk: Jim McDonnel

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
When Jim McDonnel took his first steps for AIDS Walk Boston, HIV/AIDS was greatly misunderstood and widely stigmatized. Mentions of AIDS-related deaths flooded LGBT newspapers. Entire communities were falling ill. Despite the urgency felt by those affected and their loved ones, there was still precious little federal money going towards AIDS treatment and research. “In those days, there was so much education needed,” Jim said. “People were scared to death, but they really had no idea what AIDS was. The biggest hurdle was making people understand that it wasn’t just a disease for gay people.” After hearing about the work 
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Biomedical Prevention Focus Of 2015 Retrovirus Conference

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The 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections was recently held in Seattle. This conference, often called CROI for short, is one of the biggest annual scientific meetings on HIV/AIDS, opportunistic illnesses, and the health consequences of living with HIV. Biomedical prevention – in particular, PrEP – was a major focus of this year’s conference. Two European PrEP studies garnered a lot of attention due to their success in significantly reducing rates of HIV transmission. Check out the IPERGAY study to learn more about the efficacy of PrEP on-demand and the PROUD study to learn more about PrEP’s effectiveness among 
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Why I Walk: Bette Byrnes, John’s Team

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
If you ask Bette Byrnes, a longtime AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run supporter, why she still makes the trip from Florida to Boston every June, she doesn’t have to think about her answer: it’s about home and family. “I’m from Boston originally – that’s still home,” she said. “And no matter what, I don’t want anyone to ever forget that AIDS took my son from me. In his memory, I will always walk as long as I can.” Bette’s first AIDS Walk Boston was in 1991 – the same year that her son, John, was diagnosed with the virus. 
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HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Funding Cut in Governor’s FY2016 Budget Proposal

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Facing an enormous shortfall of over $1 billion in next year’s budget, Governor Baker released his proposal for fiscal year 2016 cutting $2.3 million in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C funding. These reductions are concerning and could threaten the high quality, life-saving care that Fenway Health and other organizations provide to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C Virus infection  in the Commonwealth. Continued investment in HIV/AIDS prevention and care is critical to reducing the spread of the virus and optimizing health outcomes for people living with the disease. Over the last decade, persistent efforts to get people tested 
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