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Nonprofit looking to up HIV testing after the virus took a backseat to COVID-19 pandemic

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Sunday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day, and some organizations are looking to increase testing numbers. HIV testing has gone down since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in some counties by more than 50%, according to North Carolina Health News. With healthcare workers focused on the coronavirus and smaller organizations having to close their doors, HIV testing took a back seat.

Spectrum News

6-25-21

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Danica Roem's message to LGBTQ youth: 'You have to care' about politics

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Danica Roem, on her knees with her face in her hands, crying. It was 2017 and she had just become the first state lawmaker who identifies as transgender elected in Virginia. She will always be the first, but four years later, she is no longer the only person in the US who identifies as transgender to be elected and serve in a state legislative body. It's not a well populated trail, but one she is proud to have blazed.

CNN

6-20-21

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Telemedicine Effective at Care Retention Among Rural Patients Living With HIV

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Researchers have found that when put up against traditional, or face-to-face (F2F), care, telemedicine (TM) produced comparable results among persons living with HIV in rural Georgia, thereby presenting itself as a potential way to increase access to specialty HIV care for these individuals.

American Journal of Managed Care

6-19-21

HIV rates rising: Could new forms of PrEP help?

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In parts of the US, HIV rates are currently climbing among underserved populations. We’ve seen a recent epidemic among people without stable housing in Boston, and similar outbreaks in areas like West Virginia and Philadelphia. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the problem because many people have had less access to testing and medical care for HIV. Now more than ever, medicines known as pre-exposure prophylaxis — or PrEP — could help reverse this worrisome trend by preventing people from getting HIV.

Harvard Medical School

6-18-21

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Remembering Raleigh's LGBTQIA+ history

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In the 1960s and 70s, it was common for LGBTQIA+ spaces to be pushed to the edges of a city -- with blackened windows so nobody could see inside. This was done partially to protect the identities of those who literally risked being fired from their jobs – or worse – and partially because the general public didn't want to see.

WRAL

6-17-21

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Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

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President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

WRAL

6-17-21

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For HIV/AIDS Survivors, COVID-19 Reawakened Old Trauma

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For some of those who survived or otherwise had their lives irrevocably changed by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 has been particularly challenging—those with HIV/AIDS may be at greater risk for severe conditions connected to infection with the coronavirus; and people with weakened immune systems may not get the same level of protection from vaccination as others.

Time

6-17-21

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Justice Department Settles with North Carolina Dental Offices Over HIV Discrimination

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“Turning away patients with HIV or requiring them to provide information that is not medically recommended, creates unfair barriers to health care for people with HIV,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The ADA requires health care providers to treat patients based on current medical knowledge about their particular health conditions, and not based on stereotypes or misconceptions about a disability."

US Department of Justice

6-17-21

Transgender advocates: Stigma leading to alarming HIV rates

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A new CDC study shows while HIV rates have declined overall in recent years, infections among transgender women are much higher than in the general population.

Spectrum News

6-17-21

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Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

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"Deaths caused by fatal arrhythmias among HIV patients are 87% higher than among the general population," said lead researcher Dr. Zian Tseng, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

HealthDay News

6-17-21

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