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Access to public bathrooms is a serious health issue for transgender people.

Bathroom Access Is A Public Health Issue

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A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine outlines the reasons why equal access to public bathrooms is critical to public health, and how lack of safe public accommodations can lead to serious injury and illness for transgender people. The paper, titled Beyond Bathrooms — Meeting the Health Needs of Transgender People, was co-authored by Dr. Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D., Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute. The debate and passage of recent legislation in several states to require people to use the bathroom corresponding with their “birth” sex has led to much fear and misinformation. Claims that 
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The Fenway Institute Represents at AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Africa

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Digital technologies. Social networks. Breakthroughs in habit formation. Advances in medical therapy. These are some of the innovative tools that scientists and researchers at The Fenway Institute are exploring to fight the HIV pandemic here at home and around the world. Next week, a team of five Fenway scientists and researchers led by Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D., Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, will bring their latest findings to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The annual event features experts in science, public policy, and public health presenting new research in HIV treatment, prevention, and 
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The Fenway Institute is studying the feasibility of shorter-term PrEP use for men on vacation.

Ready for Vacation? New Study Puts the “PrEP” in “Travel Preparation”

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It’s officially vacation season, and many people are off to seaside getaways and exciting new destinations. A vacation from work, however, shouldn’t mean a vacation from making smart decisions about your sexual health. According to a 2013 study of men who have sex with men (MSM), 25.6 % reported condomless anal sex with new male sex partners while vacationing, and 1 in 5 reported going on vacation with a main goal of finding new sexual partners. From Provincetown to Fire Island, from gay cruises to circuit parties, LGBT safe spaces have always been spaces for freedom and sexual expression. Taking 
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Kenneth Mayer, MD, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director at The Fenway Institute, has been honored by the HIV Prevention Trials Network.

Fenway’s Dr. Kenneth Mayer Receives HPTN’s Ward Cates Spirit Award

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We are thrilled to announce that Kenneth Mayer, MD, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director at The Fenway Institute, has been honored by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) with its first ever Ward Cates Spirit Award. This award recognizes a Network member who has made outstanding contributions to HPTN’s mission through public health advocacy, leadership, and mentoring. The Spirit Award is named for Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus of FHI 360 and Principal Investigator of HIVNET’s International Master Contractor and HPTN from 1994 to 2006. Cates passed away in March of 2016. Winners of 
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"Religious liberty" bills will restrict access to healthcare and other essential services by LGBT people.

State “religious liberty” laws threaten access to healthcare by LGBT people and represent serious threat to public health

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A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute examines controversial state legislation that seeks to restrict access to healthcare and other essential services by LGBT people. Some of the proposed legislation would also nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and denies transgender people access to restrooms according to their gender identity. In the first half of 2016 alone, nearly 200 anti-LGBT bills have been filed in 32 states. Six states―Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida―have passed such legislation, and their governors have signed them into law. The policy brief puts this wave 
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