Tag: medical

Howard Brown Health to help launch national research advisory network for transgender and gender nonconforming health

CHICAGO – This week, Howard Brown Health announced its participation in an innovative community-led research advisory network that will support the development of patient-centered research projects focused on addressing the health needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people (TGNC). Entitled “Four Corners: TGNC Health Research Advisory Network,” (Four Corners) includes Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C.;…

Prtizker signs exec order to restore HIV funding

ROCKFORD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed an executive order restoring public health funding for HIV care. From the State Journal-Register of Springfield: He signed an executive order to expand access to the medicine known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can reduce the chances of getting HIV. PrEP funding was a casualty of…

NIH: With HIV, undetectable equals untransmittable

WASHINGTON — Officials with the National Institutes of Health said in a new report on Thursday that overwhelming evidence has established that undetectable equals untransmittable with HIV. From the NIH: U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load—the amount of HIV in the blood—by taking and adhering to antiretroviral…

Evanston library to host STI screening with Howard Brown

EVANSTON — The Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library (EPL) are working together to provide STI screening in this Chicago suburb. From the Daily Northwestern: Starting Jan. 14, individuals will be able to walk in to EPL’s main branch in downtown Evanston on the second Monday of…

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…

Air Force approves use of PrEP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has approved the use of PrEP for pilots and aircrew, overriding an older policy that prohibited its use, Military.com reported last week. From Military.com: The service in September officially approved the use of the pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment (PrEP) medication, commonly known as Truvada, which helps reduce the risk of…

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…