Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center

Educate Yourself to Protect Yourself: April is STD Awareness Month

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In honor of STD awareness month, here is a 1960s Ad Council public service announcement about venereal disease (The “V.D.” that cheerful voice is singing about): [youtube]http://youtu.be/oSjKPXNAWsU[/youtube] Although how we understand and discuss sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has changed a lot 40+ years since this PSA was produced, it is important as ever that we stay educated and empowered about our sexual health. Each year, there are an estimated 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States.  Young people are especially impacted. Even though youth age 15–24 make up only 25% of sexually active Americans, they acquire 
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Cover Your Butt with Gardasil

Young, HIV-Postive MSM: Cover Your Butt Against HPV

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that gay and bisexual men (men who have sex with other men) are about 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than men who only have sex with women. HIV-positive males who have sex with males are at increased risk of developing anal cancer and/or genital warts compared to the general population. However, those who receive the Gardasil vaccine could be protected. The Gardasil vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in HIV-negative young men and women to prevent transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV), 
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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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Stand Up for LGBT Youth

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In honor of Spirit Day, I’d like to share the It Gets Better video made by Fenway Staff. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skLLZxqH0wg[/youtube] Started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan and promoted heavily by GLAAD, Spirit Day encourages everyone to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth—who are often singled out for bullying—by wearing purple and by turning their Twitter and Facebook pages purple. 86.2% of LGBT students experience abuse or harassment at school, which can lead to depression, substance abuse, and other health disparities. 40% of homeless youth identify as gay or transgender. Drug and alcohol use is 400% higher 
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