Posts tagged ‘HIV’

DISCOVER PrEP (research study recruiting)

If you are interested, or have clients you believe may be interested, in being part of the DISCOVER PrEP STUDY that is comparing Truvada vs. Descovy for the prevention of HIV-infection, new candidates have until Friday, May 12 to screen. This is a 144 week study offering all clinical visits, labs, STD testing and treatment and drug at no cost, plus an incentive for your time and travel.  Please click the link below or see the English/Spanish postcards attached, for more information.

Thanks much,






Director, Programs & Education

Men’s Health Foundation

9201 W Sunset Blvd, Suite 814

Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.550.1014 (Office)

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03/29/16:”OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health (webinar)


“OUTcompetent” – Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 P.M. EST
This webinar will discuss the impact of stigma in STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health that LGBT individuals face when accessing healthcare. The webinar also will equip attendees to effectively engage LGBT individuals who seek care in the areas of STIs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT individuals and recognizing the impact of stigma on the health outcomes of LGBT individuals.

Recent studies have shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers.
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals report withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional.
  • 89% of transgender individuals fear providers are not adequately trained to treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than the general public.


Topics and faculty:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives,  National Black Justice Coalition
  • PrEP – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STIs – Stephen Hicks, Health Equity and Capacity Building Manager, National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, MPP, Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Intended Audiences: LGBT health professionals, clinical providers, behavioral health providers, service providers, and consumers.

LGBT Health Awareness Week: The webinar will be held during the 14th annual LGBT Health Awareness Week – March 28 to April 1, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to raise awareness of LGBT health disparities. This year’s theme is “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.” To learn more about the Coalition’s activities during National LGBT Health Awareness Week, click here.For more information, please contact: Ryan Meyer –, 202.507.4735.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health
Founded in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit, contact Ryan Meyer at, 202.507.4725, or follow the Coalition on Twitter: @healthlgbt or Facebook.


Ranji U, Beamesderfer A, and Salganicoff A (April 2015). Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S. Issue Brief, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Lambda Legal (2010). When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV. Report, Lambda Legal.

National Women’s Law Center (May 2014). Health Care Refusals Harm Patients: the Threat to LGBT People and Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet, National Women’s Law Center.

Hamel L, Firth J, Hoff, T, Kates J, Levine S, and Dawson L (September 2014). HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States. Report, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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“Making Space” by Keiko Lane | A&U Magazine

Keiko Lane, who wrote this, will be presenting at Coping With Hope next month.

My partner sits on the table in our gynecologist’s office undressed for her annual exam. The hospital gown is flapping open around her back when our gynecologist says that given my partner’s age, health history, and low risk factors, she can skip the pap smear. I’m a little irritated; and it takes m…

What is happening to HIV prevention in Los Angeles?

I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but a letter was sent out to prevention programs yesterday around 10am. I’ve attached it to the post linked below.

Can you please help get the word out about this ASAP? And if anyone is interested in organizing a community response, please let me know. 


I know and Love Someone with AIDS, Do You? | looking for folks to be in a documentary

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Dear Colleague,

I’m writing to let you know about a group forming to support adults newly diagnosed with HIV. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in Old Pasadena and will involve general discussion, processing feelings and education about various aspects of living with HIV. I’ve enclosed a flyer for your information and would appreciate any referrals you may be able to direct our way.

This group is being offered as a partnership between myself and AIDS Service Center (ASC). It is free of charge to attendees. Anyone interested should contact me directly via the information on the flyer.

I’m also available to answer any questions you may have.

Although the flyer states the group is forming in September, we still have some spots open and would love to include anyone you think may benefit. Participants can start at any time.

Thank you for your interest!

 Kellum Lewis, LMFT
95 N. Marengo Avenue
Suite 205
Pasadena, CA 91101
(323) 860-8782

HA-STTP (HIV, Substance Abuse & TraumaTraining Program): We are accepting applications for five scholars for a 2 year mentorship

click here to download the recruitment flyer:  HA-STTP Recruitment Flyer FINAL 7 8 13


7th Annual Summit The Total Woman: HIV and Beyond | Séptima Tratamiento de VIH Conferencia Annual Mujer Completa: Mas alla del VIH


07/14/13: Transvisible at Outfest | Bamby Salcedo’s Story

Anyone who has ever come to our annual TranSolutions training knows Bamby Salcedo. We know her as an excellent educator in HIV, substance abuse, youth, and trans- related issues. She has been a great friend, a participant, and supporter of the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force for over a decade. Please show up to learn more about one of our local icons.


It Starts With a Nosebleed and Ends With a Dead Guy | Gawker


This is a lovely article that I thought people on the HIV Mental Health Task Force would really enjoy.

~ Susan

It Starts With a Nosebleed and Ends With a Dead Guy

It starts with a nosebleed and ends with a dead guy. Three dead guys, actually, and one of them is Ed Koch.

Something remarkable happened after Koch’s death: the New York Times rewrote his obituary. In the first version, nobody said what many people knew, and had long known: that Mayor Koch in his two terms in office as the highest ranking public official in the biggest city in the US and world financial center presided over a health crisis that was quickly going global and would, by the end of the 1980s, kill 50,000 Americans (as many Americans as died in the Vietnam War).


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