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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! HORMONE THERAPY: Happy Wednesday! HOT HEADLINE: Testing Shock and Kill ... MUST READ: Medi-Cal increases accessibility of Truvada ... POP CULTURE: In touching letter, Mean Girls actor comes out ... FEEL GOOD: Gay dad takes over YouTube... Continue reading
Q: I'm reading more and more about at home HIV tests, and wondered if they're reliable and also could be used as a means of screening potential sex partners? A: UPDATED: There are currently two types of home HIV testing approved by the FDA: OraQuick and Home Access HIV-1. OraQuick produces results in 20 to 40 minutes and is a saliva test that is 92% sensitive. This sensitivity percentage means that 8% of people who tested negative were actually HIV positive. This still highlights the importance of traditional confirmatory blood testing for all at home testing. Home Access HIV-1, is... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! HORMONE THERAPY: Happy weekend! HOT HEADLINE: LA urges meningitis vaccinations for gay men ... MUST READ: Can Mississippi's pharmacists use 'religious freedom' to deny HIV meds to LGBT paients? Could be ... SAY WHAT? Tom Daley is past his 'bi' phase ... FEEL GOOD: Can't sleep? Try this guided meditation to relax... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! GOOD NEWS: America says 'I do' to gay marriage... NEW RESEARCH: An HIV prevention shot could become a reality... MUST READ: Mark S. King on the Sound of Stigma... SAY WHAT? Discrimination's long-term effects on LGBTI health... FEEL GOOD: Take a break with Pink, and go 'Over the Rainbow' ... Continue reading
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In the weeks heading into the Winter Olympics in Sochi, worldwide outrage over anti-gay laws in Russia dominated the news. Would any athlete, delegate or journalist rise up and create an iconic moment in protest of these draconian laws? Not even close. NBC figure skating commentator Johnny Weir's fabulous fashions aside, the Olympics came and went mostly without incident. Are you surprised or disappointed (or both) by this? Take our poll and let everyone know what you think! Are you disappointed these was no big LGBT protest in Sochi during the Winter Olympics? Continue reading
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Are you ready for some group therapy with Alanis Morisette? Though a sampling of almost any of the 7-time Grammy-winner’s tunes reveal much about her approach to spirituality, healing and self-development, an up-close, in-person session with Alanis (she joined the likes of Deepak Chopra and Neale Donald Walsch for the “Celebrate Your Life” event in Scottsdale, AZ) proved to be fascinating. “Let’s have a dialogue,” began Morissette, draped in all black, every bit the hip rock star/ spiritual Goddess, before inviting us through a series of self awareness/inquiry exercises (“Am I willing to try on new behaviors for my partner?”),... Continue reading
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UPDATED: Thanks to the media explosion over Michael Sam's coming out, there's been an influx of oh-so-predictable homophobic responses generating media attention. But amidst some ugliness, are a stream of snappy retorts and snack downs to those voicing not-so-thinly-veiled resistance to an openly gay man playing in the NFL. Here's the top 5 we've seen thus far (let's add this from a Dallas sportscaster to the top of the list!), so feel free to share them with that loudmouth, anti-gay relative or co-worker in your life. -- This series of Tweets from ex-NFL star Donte Stallworth might be the best... Continue reading
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With the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic running through our heads, we joyfully choose to ingore the haters and lovingly aim the ShoutOutHealth spotlight on one influential, empowering, kick-ass individual, who's publicly speaking out for LGBT equality. And our latest "Hero" is ... This column was created for people like Michael Sam. Ironically, unless you're a big college football fan, you may not have eve n heard of the 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior at The Univeristy of Missouri, until he uttered these historic words to the New York Times: "I'm Michael Sam. I'm a football player and I'm gay." With that, Sam... Continue reading
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Do you have a dating horror story? One of those well-intentioned "looking for love" moments that was so hideous, it actually served as a wake up call, and changed your life? Here, readers share a 'Bad Romance' -- and a hard-won life breakthrough -- with you. "I've had my share of really bad dates," laughs Todd, a self-employed web guy in New York City, "But it was those guys who disappeared after one great date that bugged me the most. One guy I really liked broke our third date by casually mentioning he was busy that night -- moving in... Continue reading
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While critical response to Looking has been lukewarm -- from being lauded to being called downright sexless -- there's still nothing else quite like it on TV (sorry Modern Family). But three episodes in, is Looking finally starting to say anything new about gay people? Does watching an new episode delight, inspire or at least entertain, much the way Sex and the City did in its heyday? In episode 3, Patrick continues his string of romantic missteps, this time managing to hit on his sorta hot new boss (a Brit no less!), who pulls off that "is he or isn't... Continue reading
Q: I've been co-infected with HIV and HCV for several years, and am stable and doing well. However, I've read that highly improved (with less nasty side-effects) treatments are available for Hep C, and am considering my options going forward. Are the treatments really that good and when are they available? A:First of all, here’s a very large pat on the back for maintaining excellent control of both your HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV)! That said, it’s important to remind ANYONE who tests positive for HIV to immediately be tested for HCV, given the similar routes of infection and... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! MUST SEE: Grammys say 'I do' HOT TYPE: LGBT people like to smoke -- a lot. I NEED A HERO: Congregation walks out in support of gay choir director... SAY WHAT? The Mayor of Sochi, Russia says the host city of the WInter Olympics has no gays ... WELL READ: AIDS memoir author looks... Continue reading
Q: I'm so disgusted by this whole Ducky Dynasty/Phil Robertson anti-gay controversy (and let me add Juan Pablo Galavis, The Bachelor, to my list), especially since I have a few relatives who are just like him, and use their religion as an excuse to be anti-gay (I'm a 20-something gay man). How should one deal with haters (especially those in your own familly) who seem to cherry pick certain parts of the Bible (ignoring the pesky parts about slavery and stoning adulterers!) to attack who I am? What about loving they neighbor and judge not lest ye be judged? Any... Continue reading
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Doesn't it seem like an eternity since there was a network TV show totally dedicated to LGBT characters? I mean Queer as Folk blazed new territory on Showtime way back in 2000-2005, and The L Word ended in 2009. So when HBO's Looking made it's debut Jan. 19, the question lurked in the air: How far have gay TV characters evolved? Will this be a shoddy, scripted version of Logo's The A List, honing in on the most inane stereotypes, or will it be (as many have predicted) the gay Girls? The first look seems promising... Episode one started (cringingly... Continue reading
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With the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic running through our heads, we joyfully choose to ingore the haters and lovingly aim the ShoutOutHealth spotlight on one influential, empowering, kick-ass individual, who's publicly speaking out for LGBT equality. And the debut "Hero" of 2014 is ... Imagine a world full of professional athletes like former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Though there's still too many Evander Holyfield's spewing ignorant, anti-gay comments, the barrage of media coverage created by this equally high profile, outspoken, equality-minded (and straight) jock -- who's willing to stand up for not just gay marriage, but equality and the... Continue reading
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In a stroke of pure genius, President Obama has made a bold, brilliant move to pubicly refute Russia's horrific anti-gay laws. By including openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King in the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Obama is sending the vivid message to the world about sports, equality and human rights. Does anyone really think that King -- the epitomy of guts and grace under pressure, who won the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" against Bobby Riggs with the future of the entire female population riding on every serve (she won, of course), and... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! HORMONE THERAPY: Happy Weekend! HOT TYPE: Tom Daley's 'dirty little secret' I NEED A HERO: Obama for the cure, and Madonna stands up to Russia ... SAY WHAT? Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men with Our AIDS Tragedy ... MUST READ: The new face of HIV ... IT GETS BETTER: LGBT youth program launches in... Continue reading
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With the Cheney sisters, Liz and Mary, waging a very public battle over gay marriage – as of now, Mary and her wife, Heather Po, who were legally married in 2012, say they will not be spending any holiday time with Mary, now a Senate hopeful in Wyoming who remains vocally anti-gay marriage -- the time is now for this high-intensity poll. Feel free to vent in the comments! Do you have a sibling who supports and accepts you as LGBT, but also opposes gay marriage? Continue reading
Is there anyone out there in the LGBT community who can't relate to this man's life experience, frustration and fight for acceptance? This powerful, enlightening video (featuring the work of Byron Katie) is worth the time, so be sure to watch from start to finish, and leave your comments! Does this man's experience resonate with you? In what ways? Continue reading
Take a poll! Have You Ever Experienced Anti-Gay Discrimination at Work? Continue reading
When Betty White says stand up to bullying, you stand up to bullying! October 17, 2013, is Spirit Day, so don your best purple attire and stand up to the bullies in your life, and claim your right to feel safe and empowered EVERY day of the year. Continue reading
Given the recent spate of anti-gay violence in New York City, the anti-gay laws and violence in Russia and a recent study that reports two out of three LGBT people feel unsafe compared to straight people, our latest poll seems more relevant that ever. Please take our poll below and comment on your experiences, and be sure to observe Spirit Day to fight bullying and support LGBT youth! Have you ever personally experienced anti-gay violence/slurs? Continue reading
It's National Suicide Prevention Week, let's save lives...reach out, listen, and just be there for someone in need. Continue reading
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OK, time to take a break from those mundane routines and focus on something truly important and healthy, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which starts Monday, Aug. 26, in New York! Who's your hot pick (or just the hottest period) vying for the title this year? The all-time Grand Slam title holder Roger Federer has been in a slump, but anything is possible for the Swiss Maestro. Is this year's hottest player on the courts, Rafael Nadal (pictured), equally sizzling everywhere else? World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon champ Andy Murray and American hope John Isner are sure to nab... Continue reading
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If you look up crazy in the dictionary (er, just Google it), a lot of my friends insist that definition should include people like myself who (on purpose) opt for a late summer getaway in the heat (as high as 113 degrees) of Scottsdale, Arizona. But my search of high luxury and spectacular seasonal deals for soul expanding, relaxing and rejuvenating summer getaway brought me to the Camelback Inn, one of Arizona's historical treasures (photos in the lobby prove that Jimmy Stewart was a regular in the 1940s). Opened in 1936, this resplendent Marriott property is serenely nestled near the... Continue reading