Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project, a San Francisco program aimed at reducing familial rejection of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay youth, was named a “Promising Practice” at an October conference sponsored by the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and the Latino Mental Health Concilio.

Researchers found, essentially, that supportive and accepting family members can help reduce health disparities, including HIV risk, among LGBT Latino youth and young adults. For more information on the Family Acceptance Project’s work, visit FamilyProject.SFSU.edu.

Health and Human Services releases report of programs to reduce HIV infections among African Americans

From AIDS.gov:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a report [PDF] describing findings of an interagency collaboration to identify, review, and assess the effectiveness of HHS-funded, discretionary initiatives and programs to reduce HIV infections among African Americans. The report describes relevant prevention programs and initiatives, identifies future opportunities, and provides insights that will help inform strategies to reduce HIV infections among vulnerable African-American populations

The inventory was one of the tasks assigned to HHS in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), which notes that prevention efforts must acknowledge the heavy burden of HIV among Black Americans and target resources accordingly. Based on the most recent data from CDC, African American men and women represent 14 percent of the total U.S. population, but account for a disproportionate 44 percent of all persons living with HIV in the United States.

Read the full article on the AIDS.gov Website.

HPV in men…what you need to know

From the Huffington Post:

We’re honoring Cervical Health Awareness Month by bringing you the latest information on human papillomavirus, the virus associated with cervical cancer — and with several other types of cancer, including anal, penile and oropharyngeal cancer. HPV is also the virus underlying genital warts. Although much of the conversation about the virus relates to women’s health — cervical cancer is the most common HPV-related cancer by magnitudes — there are many health concerns that uniquely or disproportionately affect men. These include genital warts and anal cancers. And since HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, it affects a massive percentage of the male population, as well.

Read more on the Huffington Post.

Pittsburgh summit will address bullying targeted at LGBTQ students

Bullying VictimFrom the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In recent years, much attention and funding has been put toward anti-bullying  programs in school districts throughout the area. As a result, some school  officials have reported an increased awareness and a reduction in bullying  behavior among students. But one group is not benefiting from that effort: lesbian, gay, bisexual and  transgender students, who still face harassment in the hallways. To address the issue, the Persad Center; the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education  Network; and the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will co-host a Safe  Schools summit Jan. 16. The summit will raise the issue of bullying targeted at  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students in Pittsburgh  schools. “We want to raise awareness because there is a gap between anti-bullying  efforts and this group of kids,” said Betty Hill, executive director of the  Persad Center.

The summit is the first step in what is expected to be a two-year effort  aimed at curbing bullying of gay youth locally. The effort will be hinged on  research by two Duquesne University professors, Laura Crothers and Jered  Kolbert.

Read the full article on the Post-Gazette online.

Research supports high-dose flu vaccine for people with HIV

From philly.com:

A quadruple-dose flu vaccine for the elderly also provides better protection for people with HIV, researchers reported Tuesday in the first of several studies to publish results of high-dose vaccine for people with compromised immune systems.

The team of researchers from Philadelphia institutions will ask a federal advisory committee to recommend high-dose vaccination for HIV-positive people, said Pablo Tebas, an infectious-diseases physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and senior author of the paper in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Read the full article on the Philadelphia Enquirer online.