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A Big New Study On Bisexuality Offers Mixed Results and Other Health News

LGBT HealthLink LGBT HealthLink is a community-driven network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, reduce cancer, and understand other health realities within our communities. Big Bi Study Finds Mixed Results A study of U.S. adults found that many people neither agreed nor disagreed with stereotypical statements such as “bisexuality is(…)

Health Care Startup Delivers STD Testing Door-to-door

Less than half of adults aged 18 to 44 have been tested for an STD other than HIV. With millions infected every year, the need for an alternative that will make testing easier and more convenient for those at risk is critical. Healthcare startup Medcinity announces the launch of GetTested, a new at-home STD screening(…)

PrEP Provider Directory Goes Live

Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University unveiled a new website, www.preplocator.org, that will allow users to locate a medical provider or clinic that can prescribe Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. If taken daily, PrEP helps prevent the transmission of HIV. According to Damon L. Jacobs who founded the(…)

HRC Foundation and Whitman-Walker Health Release Transgender Sexual Health Guide

Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners. The guide fills a significant gap in inclusive, publicly-available sexual health resources for(…)

You Can Get it From Sex, and 10 Other Things to Know About Hep C

  Did you know that there are about 3.5 million people in the U.S. with hepatitis C—and about half don’t know they’re infected? In San Francisco, it’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of men who have sex with men have hep C. At a recent Positive Force event, I invited my colleague Lisa Capaldini,(…)

Gonorrhea Rates Linked to Saliva Use as Lube

A new study has found that using saliva as a lubricant for anal sex among men who have sex with men leads to an increased risk for rectal gonorrhea. Research conducted by staff at the National Institutes of Health found that 4.3 percent of the 1,312 men surveyed had rectal gonorrhea. Using a partner’s saliva(…)