Tag: medical

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…

Intersex-affirming hospital policy guide published

NEW YORK — Friday, October 26 marks Intersex Awareness Day. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have recently released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with…

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…