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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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Shirley Royster has spent decades fighting for the lives of people with HIV/AIDS.

Shirley Royster: AIDS Activist and Survivor

By | AIDS Action Committee, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Aging, Living with HIV/AIDS | One Comment
In 1986, Shirley Royster, then 39-years-old, learned that she had been exposed to the virus that caused AIDS. The news wasn’t a complete surprise to her; she had spent a number of years on the streets struggling with drug addiction. When she learned that her former girlfriend, a woman she shared needles with regularly, had died from AIDS, Shirley knew she needed to get tested. In the early days of the disease, the response was the same everywhere Shirley went; the only information she was given was ‘get your affairs in order.’ Royster heeded that advice and made arrangements for 
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AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino is pedaling for a cure this September.

H2B Rider Spotlight: Carl Sciortino

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From the State House to the shores of Provincetown, there’s nowhere that Carl Sciortino, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee, won’t go to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. On September 17, Carl will be strapping on his helmet and joining hundreds of dedicated riders and crew members for the 14th Annual Harbor to the Bay (H2B) bike ride. Carl’s passion for AIDS advocacy long predates his leadership position at AIDS Action Committee. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2005 to 2014, when he stepped down to become AIDS Action’s Executive Director. While in office, Carl 
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