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High school age males in the U.S. who are gay or bisexual report much higher rates of substance use than heterosexual males, a new study says.

CDC finds that high school age gay and bisexual males have much higher rates of substance use than their heterosexual male peers

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Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that high school age males in the U.S. who are gay or bisexual report much higher rates of substance use than heterosexual males. Findings from the report titled, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015,” highlights results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and details the risk behavior disparities of sexual minority youth, as compared with their heterosexual peers. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a national survey of adolescent health risk 
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This LGBT Health Awareness Week, we're spotlighting programs and services at Fenway that are working to end LGBT health disparities.

Celebrating LGBT Health Awareness Week 2016

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March 28 marks the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, a yearly reflection on national LGBT health advancements and the continuing need for culturally competent care models. Launched by the National Coalition of LGBT Health, LGBT Health Awareness Week is a time to celebrate the enormous progress made in improving healthcare for all. It’s also a time to examine what still needs to be done to create a world where all LGBT people have access to affirming and comprehensive care. Here at Fenway Health, we’ve spent four decades providing LGBT people with the highest quality care available. To celebrate LGBT 
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A new study aims to address the unique HIV and STI prevention needs of young transgender men who have sex with men.

Spotlighting HIV/STI Prevention For Transgender Men

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Transgender men and transmasculine individuals are all too often left out of the conversation around HIV and STI prevention. A new report led by researchers from The Fenway Institute hopes to address this knowledge gap by outlining the specific sexual health needs of this overlooked demographic. The report, titled LifeSkills for Men (LS4M): Pilot Evaluation of a Gender-Affirmative HIV and STI Prevention Intervention for Young Adult Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men, is published in the Journal of Urban Health and is the first of its kind to explore HIV and STI prevention interventions focused on young adult transgender 
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A new report from The Fenway Institute highlights health disparities faced by LGBTQ youth of color and recommends ways to address them.

New Report Addresses Health Disparities Faced By LGBTQ Youth Of Color

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Research, The Fenway Institute, Youth | One Comment
LGBTQ youth of color experience disproportionate challenges to their physical and mental health, according to an extensive survey released by The Fenway Institute. The Our Health Matters study is the result of partnership of Fenway, BAGLY Inc., and Boston GLASS aimed at examining and addressing the health needs of LGBTQ youth of color in the Greater Boston area. Our Health Matters was authored by a group of dedicated researchers and experts in their fields: Dr. Kerith Conron, Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute; Johannes Wilson, Study Coordinator; Dr. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute; Jessica 
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The Fenway Institute has joined the AVA study to improve HIV services for transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

AVA Study Looks To Improve HIV Services For Transgender Youth

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute, Trans, Youth | No Comments
The Fenway Institute is excited to be a part of Affirming Voices for Action (AVA), a groundbreaking study on the current state of HIV services for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Boston is one of 14 cities nationwide to join this effort to improve access to HIV care and prevention for people of all genders. Dr. Sari Reisner, Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute, and Liz Salomon, Project Director for Community Based Research at The Fenway Institute, are co-investigators in AVA. AVA, a study of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN 130), is a mixed-methods study that 
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