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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.

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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!

Check out our latest video with Laura Kuper to learn more about the recent IMPACT publication, published in the Journal of Sex Research.

(Source: impactprogram.org)

Making a sexual agreement with your primary partner is crucial to keeping your relationship happy, trusting, and safe. A relationship agreement can be any number of conditions or limitations that you and your partner equally agree on about having sex within and outside of your relationship. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to fit one particular model. Each agreement is different—the important part is that you agree honestly about what fits your relationship, that you protect each other by playing safe, and that you admit when you’ve broken the pact, so that you can take precautions, get tested, and stay safe—together. learn more…

Making a sexual agreement with your primary partner is crucial to keeping your relationship happy, trusting, and safe. A relationship agreement can be any number of conditions or limitations that you and your partner equally agree on about having sex within and outside of your relationship. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to fit one particular model. Each agreement is different—the important part is that you agree honestly about what fits your relationship, that you protect each other by playing safe, and that you admit when you’ve broken the pact, so that you can take precautions, get tested, and stay safe—together. learn more…

Hurry! They’re due this Friday, May 4th!
queerumich:

Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge

In honor of Pride Month, the White House is launching an initiative called “LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge” to explore “the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union.”
First of all, how awesome is it that the White House is actually asking LGBTQ individuals to submit videos about their experiences and perspectives? I think it’s pretty awesome. While this obviously won’t be changing any laws, it does invite LGBTQ people into an arena which we have historically been excluded from and offers an amp for our voices where previously our words could not be heard.
If you or someone you know has been an everyday hero of sorts to the LGBTQ community, consider making a 3 minute video and submitting it to the White House. Submissions are due by May 3rd after which semi-finalists will be chosen and the public will help identify finalists who will be featured as “Champions of Change” at a White House event.
If you think you might be able to make an awesome video about coming out, unsung heroes, identity, or another topic that fits within the 7 categories listed on the site, give it a go and who knows! You may end up at the White House as a Champion of Change.
-K. Kenn

Hurry! They’re due this Friday, May 4th!

queerumich:

Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge


In honor of Pride Month, the White House is launching an initiative called “LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge” to explore “the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union.”

First of all, how awesome is it that the White House is actually asking LGBTQ individuals to submit videos about their experiences and perspectives? I think it’s pretty awesome. While this obviously won’t be changing any laws, it does invite LGBTQ people into an arena which we have historically been excluded from and offers an amp for our voices where previously our words could not be heard.

If you or someone you know has been an everyday hero of sorts to the LGBTQ community, consider making a 3 minute video and submitting it to the White House. Submissions are due by May 3rd after which semi-finalists will be chosen and the public will help identify finalists who will be featured as “Champions of Change” at a White House event.

If you think you might be able to make an awesome video about coming out, unsung heroes, identity, or another topic that fits within the 7 categories listed on the site, give it a go and who knows! You may end up at the White House as a Champion of Change.

-K. Kenn