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Study Explores Less Invasive Options For Transmasculine Sexual Health Screening

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Female-to-male (FTM) transgender men and transmasculine individuals are people who are assigned female at birth but identify as male or as masculine. Many FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals are born with reproductive organs typically labeled as female (e.g. cervix), and most FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals do not choose to undergo a full hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries).1 Because of this, many FTM and transmasculine people are at risk for cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and may not realize it. It is recommended that anybody 
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Volunteers Needed For New PrEP Study That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Increased public awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been tremendously powerful in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. Studies have shown that, when taken as a daily pill, PrEP is 92-99% effective at preventing HIV infections in HIV-negative individuals. However, as with any daily medication, strict adherence is the key to success – and, for many people, this may become a barrier to PrEP’s effectiveness. The Fenway Institute is serving as a site for a new study, HPTN 083, that explores whether injectable, long-acting PrEP, is a viable alternative to oral PrEP. Injectable PrEP has the potential to truly 
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Help Shape The Future Of HIV Prevention: Join A Research Study Today

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The battle against HIV/AIDS has shifted dramatically in the past decade, as our understanding of the virus and how to combat it has increased. The introduction of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill commonly known as Truvada, has been an incredible game changer for HIV prevention. Currently, condom use and PrEP are the most proven effective methods for protection against HIV infection. “Using Truvada for PrEP has been revolutionary for HIV prevention, but, unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all solution,” said Ryan Tappin, Clinical Manager, Biomedical Research at The Fenway Institute. “The more choices for PrEP that patients 
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The Fenway Institute Helps Develop Model Of HIV Care For Transgender Women In Peru

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More than 100 transgender women in Lima, Peru, have joined an amfAR-funded study that aims to determine if combining HIV prevention and treatment with gender-affirming medical care will help these women access health services and remain in care. Transgender women have the highest prevalence of HIV in Peru—30 percent in Lima, according to one study, yet the least access to services. “Stigma and discrimination are powerful barriers that prevent transgender women from participating in society,” said principal investigator Dr. Javier Lama of Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA), a nonprofit that conducts HIV/AIDS research. “The staff of most public 
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Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health Alumni Reunite at APHA Conference

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At last month’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Denver, a number of alumni from Fenway’s Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health reunited to celebrate the Institute’s accomplishments and foster new collaborations in the realm of LGBT public health. A program of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, the Summer Institute is a unique opportunity for graduate students and early career scholars to receive training in interdisciplinary theory and methods for conducting population research on sexual and gender minority health. Sponsored by The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health and the Institute for Urban Health Research at Northeastern 
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