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June 2016

New Campaign Urges All to #StayWoke, Get Tested

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While the number of new HIV/AIDS cases in America has been drastically reduced since the disease’s onslaught in the 1980s, new infections are still common in a number of historically underserved groups, including young people and LGBT people of color. In an effort to address such disparities, Fenway Health and the AIDS Action Committee have partnered with the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) to launch the #StayWoke Get Tested campaign, an HIV/STI testing call to action to encourage greater testing across Massachusetts. This campaign of yourhealthboston.org is part of a statewide effort among AIDS advocacy organizations to “get to zero” – 
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Ready for Vacation? New Study Puts the “PrEP” in “Travel Preparation”

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It’s officially vacation season, and many people are off to seaside getaways and exciting new destinations. A vacation from work, however, shouldn’t mean a vacation from making smart decisions about your sexual health. According to a 2013 study of men who have sex with men (MSM), 25.6 % reported condomless anal sex with new male sex partners while vacationing, and 1 in 5 reported going on vacation with a main goal of finding new sexual partners. From Provincetown to Fire Island, from gay cruises to circuit parties, LGBT safe spaces have always been spaces for freedom and sexual expression. Taking 
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Fenway’s Dr. Kenneth Mayer Receives HPTN’s Ward Cates Spirit Award

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We are thrilled to announce that Kenneth Mayer, MD, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director at The Fenway Institute, has been honored by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) with its first ever Ward Cates Spirit Award. This award recognizes a Network member who has made outstanding contributions to HPTN’s mission through public health advocacy, leadership, and mentoring. The Spirit Award is named for Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus of FHI 360 and Principal Investigator of HIVNET’s International Master Contractor and HPTN from 1994 to 2006. Cates passed away in March of 2016. Winners of 
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State “religious liberty” laws threaten access to healthcare by LGBT people and represent serious threat to public health

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A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute examines controversial state legislation that seeks to restrict access to healthcare and other essential services by LGBT people. Some of the proposed legislation would also nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and denies transgender people access to restrooms according to their gender identity. In the first half of 2016 alone, nearly 200 anti-LGBT bills have been filed in 32 states. Six states―Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida―have passed such legislation, and their governors have signed them into law. The policy brief puts this wave 
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National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report this week titled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2015. For this report, which is the most comprehensive of its kind to date, NCAVP collected data on 1,253 incidents of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people from 13 local NCAVP member organizations in 11 states, including the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health. States contributing to the report included Texas, Colorado, Vermont, Minnesota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, New York, Ohio, and Arizona. For nearly twenty years, NCAVP has released reports on the pervasive and 
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