"If we want to end internalized homophobia, we need to first end homophobia," she says. "It’s as simple as that."

~ Dr. Birkett

(Source: pozmagazine)

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (via un-exotic)

(Source: nuclearharvest, via thegayya)

pozmagazine:

Check Out POZ Mag’s Continuing Coverage of #AIDS2014
We’re working hard in both Melbourne and NYC to help bring you all the latest research, advocacy, policy and news from the 20th International AIDS Conference.

pozmagazine:

Check Out POZ Mag’s Continuing Coverage of #AIDS2014

We’re working hard in both Melbourne and NYC to help bring you all the latest research, advocacy, policy and news from the 20th International AIDS Conference.

pozmagazine:

Media Bungles Another HIV Story
In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.
It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

Thanks for clarifying!

pozmagazine:

Media Bungles Another HIV Story

In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.

It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

Thanks for clarifying!

Going to a clinic for various health services can be worrisome since it is not clear what your rights are and/or what level of privacy is included.  Check out this blog to learn more!!

How do I know if my parent(s) or guardian will find out?

Many states have exceptions to parental consent or notification laws for sexual health services like and abortion or HIV testing. For example, in California, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV are confidential.

However, in Illinois, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV do not require parental consent, but your doctor may legally discuss this with your parents.  This doesn’t mean that they will. If you are unsure, you should ask at the clinic or doctor’s office, because you have a right to know.

What are the laws in my state?

It’s important to look at the laws in your state, and we recommend Sex Etc.’s Sex in the States. This state-by-state map explains what your rights are on eleven topics, including LGBTQ rights, condoms, and even sexual health education! It will also tell you what age you have to be for each law to apply. Guttmacher Institute is another great resource that has overviews of state policies related to teen health.

The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University has created a new report to document the health disparities of Chicago’s LGBT youth. Utilizing data from two different studies, Project Q2 and the Chicago YRBS, this report is able to provide a comprehensive picture of a broad range of health disparities.

Results show that Chicago LGBT youth report health disparities across all domains.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report depression and depressive symptoms, previous suicide attempts, and non-suicidal self-injury.

>LGBT youth were not more likely to be obese, but they were more likely to be underweight and to report vomiting to lose weight.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report sex risk behaviors, a deficit in HIV education, and in female-born youth, were more likely to report pregnancy.

>LGBT youth were more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report experiences of sexual violence and victimization.

Taken together, these results indicate health disparities for Chicago LGBT youth are strong and pervasive. Due to the presence of these disparities at such a young age, they are likely to influence to health and well-being of LGBT Chicagoans throughout their lifespans.

This report concludes by highlighting the role of support in buffering many of these outcomes. Additionally, recommendations for addressing each of these disparities have been inserted throughout the document.

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.
www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.

www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!