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Stephen Boswell, MD

Looking Forward To 2015

By | Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, LGBT Health, Trans | No Comments
Though the LGBT community has made important strides towards equality in Massachusetts and across the United States, we continue to experience health disparities and inequities in health care delivery. At Fenway Health, we work every day to make the world a healthier place and there are several important issues we will be working to address in 2015. Last year’s Massachusetts legislative session ended without passage of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment. Lipodystrophy, or fat redistribution, is a problem with the way the body produces, uses, and stores fat that can have disfiguring effects on a person’s appearance and 
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National LGBT Health Awareness Week 2013

By | LGBT Health | No Comments
The 11th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week—a nationwide event that seeks to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health—runs from March 25–29, 2013. LGBT people experience health disparities unique from the larger population, so one of the most important things providers can do is talk to their patients about sexual orientation and gender identity. It is just as important that patients talk openly with their medical provider about these things so that they can be screened for issues that may disproportionately affect LGBT people. According to the CDC, in 2009, gay and bisexual men and other men who 
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From Our President: Heart Health Month

By | LGBT Health | No Comments
February is Heart Health Month in the United States. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these conditions are also leading causes of disability, preventing people from working and enjoying family activities. Cardiovascular disease is also very expensive—the CDC estimates that together, heart disease and stroke hospitalizations in 2010 cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity. CDC statistics also show 
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From Our President: International AIDS Conference XIX

By | AIDS 2012 | No Comments
Summer is here and Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute are gearing up for AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together, the 19th International AIDS Conference, which takes place July 22 – 27 in Washington, DC. Fenway’s Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer sits on the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, which sponsors the conference, and is a member of the Track Committee on Epidemiology and Prevention Science. In addition, several Fenway staff will be participating and The Fenway Institute is co-sponsoring two satellite presentations – one on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention: Maximizing Success; and the second on Creating 
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Fenway Health commends Supreme Court on Affordable Care Act decision

By | Health Policy, Uncategorized | No Comments
“The Affordable Care Act represents an historical step toward improving the health of the American people, as important as the creation of Medicaid and Medicare 47 years ago. We commend the Supreme Court for upholding the right of our elected representatives—our Congress and President—to address these critical issues. The Court’s decision upholds important protections against discrimination in healthcare delivery and helps ensure access to life-saving care and services for many Americans, including LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS,” said Fenway Health President & CEO Stephen L. Boswell, MD. “The Affordable Care Act provides the LGBT community in parts of 
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