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The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition released a plan to end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition releases plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition, led by the AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health, and over 35 supporting organizations from the six health regions of the Commonwealth, today released a plan to end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. The plan seeks to ensure that by 2020, 90 percent of those living with HIV are aware of their status; 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are treated with antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of those receiving antiretroviral treatment are virally suppressed. It is modeled on the Getting to Zero new HIV infections plan created by the Joint United Nations Programme on 
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A new study looks at global HIV transmission trends to evaluate the impact of Treatment as Prevention.

Study Examines Global HIV Transmission Trends

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Treatment as prevention (TasP) is a powerful tool in the international effort to end HIV transmissions. A new paper titled “Frequency and predictors of estimated HIV transmissions and bacterial STI acquisition among HIV-positive patients in HIV care across three continents” outlines the findings from the HPTN063 study, which estimated the frequency and predictors of numbers of HIV transmissions and bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) acquisition among sexually active HIV-positive individuals in care from three representative global settings. Dr. Steven Safren, Affiliated Investigator at Fenway Health and Professor of Psychology at University of Miami, served as the HPTN063 study Chair and 
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Boston City Council held a hearing September 27 on the needs of the city’s LGBTQ youth of color.

Boston City Council Hears Testimony About Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color

By | Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute, Youth | No Comments
In response to a report by The Fenway Institute released late last year finding that more than 15 percent of Boston’s LGBTQ youth of color had traded sex for money, food, shelter, or other resources, the Boston City Council’s Committee On Healthy Women, Families & Communities held a hearing September 27 on the needs of the city’s LGBTQ youth of color. Called by District 8 Councilor Josh Zakim, the hearing drew approximately 35 attendees and featured testimony from youth, adults who work with youth, social scientists, academic experts, and officials from Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Health Commission. 
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The Fenway Institute is now recruiting for a study around HIV linkage to care.

Study Explores New HIV Linkage to Care Model

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MSM continue to be the group most heavily affected by HIV in the US; while they represent only two percent of the U.S. population, MSM account for nearly 67% of newly diagnosed HIV infections. That burden is even heavier for gay and bisexual African American men. The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2014, the number of new HIV diagnoses among young African American gay and bisexual men increased 87%. These troubling numbers highlight the need for a variety linkage to care models to ensure that these men regularly take 
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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day was September 18.

Marking National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
This past Sunday was National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day and The Fenway Institute’s Sean Cahill, PhD, who co-authored the policy brief “Strategies to Improve the Health of Older Adults Living With HIV,” wrote a piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti to mark the occasion: The Museum of Modern Art recently hosted a special 25th anniversary screening of the film “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” which documented Madge’s 1990 blockbuster Blond Ambition World Tour. The film was a sensation not just because it peeked into the rarefied world of a global superstar — long before social media and reality TV made such voyeurism 
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