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New and expanded services at 16 Haviland Street

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For over forty years Fenway Health has maintained space at 16 Haviland Street.  For a time, 16 Haviland housed our entire health center operation, supporting the needs of people who couldn’t afford competent healthcare, including many gay and bisexual men, lesbian and bisexual women, transgender folks, the elderly and “starving artists” who lived in the Fenway neighborhood. At the advent of AIDS, some Fenway board members, including Larry Kessler, along with supporters like Gail Beverley, started a volunteer-driven hotline to offer support and address the questions and fears the greater Boston community had about HIV/AIDS.  Meanwhile, doctors like Ken Mayer 
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The Fenway Institute Hosts Groundbreaking Meeting on Bisexual Health Research

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Leading bisexual health researchers and community activists from across the country agreed to form the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH) at a meeting hosted by The Fenway Institute in Boston on June 26. BiRCH will continue high-level discussions of bisexual health research, plan a national conference, and look for ways to raise public awareness of bi health issues. The meeting was held to discuss the state of the research on bisexual health. Judith Bradford, PhD, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, and a Co-Chair of the meeting, noted the importance of such a gathering, “For all of the remarkable progress 
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To Reduce HIV Among Black Americans, Many Tools are Needed

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Kenneth Mayer, MD and Sean Cahill, PhD co-authored this blog post. We are familiar with the sobering statistics of HIV’s devastating impact on Black America: 44% of new HIV infections each year are among Black Americans, who make up only 12% of the U.S. population. Black women are 20 times as likely as White women, and 4 times as likely as Latina woman, to have HIV. New infections among Black gay and bisexual men in their teens and 20s increased 48% from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 nearly 11,000 Black gay and bisexual men were newly diagnosed; about 5,000 of 
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One of our Tools is Missing

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When I’m not at work, I’m often indulging one of my hobbies, building hotrods and customizing motorcycles.  Something about working on machines provides me with an amount of satisfaction I don’t always enjoy in public health.  You see, any machine can be repaired or replaced with a nearly exact copy.  Outcomes with people are more variable.  But, in both cases, I sometimes find myself at a loss for the right tool for the job. In the shop, the tools I most often misplace are the most basic ones.  I can never find a Phillips head screwdriver or a ½ inch 
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September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Friday, September 27 is National Gay Men’s HI/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). Launched in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), this observance day recognizes the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. You can learn more about NGMHAAD and find resources you can use to get involved on AIDS.gov, the federal government’s HIV/AIDS web site. It is true that HIV is treatable, and full-blown AIDS is increasingly uncommon, but that is only part of the story. There are now more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and around 200,000 remain unaware of their infection. A 
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