Tag: health

UIC needle exchange and HIV testing site on west side offers expanded medical services

CHICAGO — Clinical services to prevent and treat wounds, abscesses and infections caused as a result of injection drug use are now being offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Community Outreach Intervention Project’s, or COIP, west side field office. Services will be provided by physicians, nurses and students from UIC’s Urban Global Medicine…

Studies find that transgender hormone therapy is less risky than birth control pills

WASHINGTON — Novel studies published in the Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry suggest that hormone therapy for transgender people increases the risk of blood clots less than birth control pills and does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease at all. These preliminary results could help more transgender individuals to access essential…

AMA announces policy supporting survivors of LGBTQ intimate partner violence

CHICAGO — While intimate partner violence (IPV) can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples, efforts to address this public health problem have remained mostly focused on heterosexual women despite other populations experiencing IPV at similar or higher rates. The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy at its Interim Meeting today aimed at addressing IPV in…

Transgender and non-binary people face health care discrimination every day in the US

Shanna K. Kattari, University of Michigan Many people may experience anxiety when seeking medical treatment. They might worry about wait times, insurance coverage or how far they must travel to access care. Transgender and non-binary individuals have an added fear: gender-related discrimination. This can involve being outed due to a name or gender mismatch on…

Howard Brown recognizes nurses’ union

Concerns rise about the union-busting reputation of the law firm that will negotiate for Howard Brown CHICAGO — The Illinois Nurses Association said on Friday that Howard Brown Health had recognized the unionization of nurses at the LGBTQ health network. The INA made the announcement at a press conference on Friday in front of Howard…

Combination HIV antibody infusions safely maintain viral suppression in select individuals

WASHINGTON — A small group of people living with HIV sensitive to two potent anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (link is external) (bNAbs) — 3BNC117 and 10-1074 — tolerated multiple infusions of the antibodies and suppressed HIV for more than 15 weeks after stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART). The new findings, from a pilot clinical trial supported…

Chicago healthcare collaborative announces first community grant

Chicago — West Side United (WSU), a new healthcare collaborative focusing on revitalizing Chicago’s West Side communities, announced that Enlace Chicago (Enlace) is the recipient of its first community health grant.  The award, totaling $125,000 out of a committed $1 million dollars in seed funding, allows Enlace to maximize healthcare opportunities by hiring eight to…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…