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Come Out For Health: National LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 26–30, 2012 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, highlighting the disparities in access to culturally competent care and positive health outcomes between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their heterosexual counterparts. The health of the LGBT community has long been at the heart of Fenway’s mission; and while we have seen great progress, we still have a long journey to true health equity. LGBT people have unique health and wellness needs and continue to be impacted by health disparities. For instance: Compared to other men, MSM are at increased risk of major depression during adolescence and adulthood, 
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Elizabeth Warren Visits Fenway Health

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Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped by Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston Street location today, March 20, 2012, to learn more about our organization and the work we do, as well as LGBT health and HIV/AIDS issues. Dr. Stephen Boswell, our President & CEO, and Government Relations Director Henia Handler took Warren on a tour of the building, and then she stopped to meet staff and answer questions at our monthly staff meeting. 
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Policy Focus: PrEP Could Be A “Game Changer” in Fight Against HIV

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Analysis examines biomedical prevention technology to be reviewed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration by June 15, 2012 Pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP)—taking antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV transmission—could be a “game changer” for HIV prevention. PrEP has demonstrated partial efficacy with men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and heterosexuals in several recent studies. Recent modeling of PrEP implementation coupled with scaled up treatment predicts that PrEP could significantly reduce HIV incidence and prevalence. And if PrEP is accompanied by sustained care, behavioral interventions, and safety monitoring, PrEP need not lead to increased sexual risk behavior or drug resistance. 
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Women’s Health Team increases patient access to contraception

By | Fenway News, Women's Health | One Comment
2011 was full of ups and downs for women’s health—contraception in particular. Last year, we saw the Affordable Care Act ensure insurance coverage for vital preventive care for women, including contraception, without charge. We also saw intense political objection to this and other women’s health issues (Planned Parenthood, anyone?) which promise to lead to Supreme Court hearings that will be intensely followed by the Fenway Women’s Health Team. We hope that 2012 will bring huge victories in women’s health. To get things started here at home, Fenway is kicking the year off with increased access to contraception for our patients. 
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Policy Focus: Why Gather Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings

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This month The Fenway Institute launched a series of Policy Focus briefs to highlight the importance of gathering sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings. The first, Why gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings explains how gathering such data will help us understand LGBT health disparities, and how it is consistent with key recommendations in Healthy People 2020, the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on LGBT health issues and research gaps, and the Affordable Care Act. Gathering such data in electronic health records (EHRs) is especially important.   Gathering such data is vital 
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