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15 Jul
As Monkeypox Cases Spike, U.S. Orders More Vaccine, Boosts Testing

As Monkeypox Cases Spike, U.S. Orders More Vaccine, Boosts Testing

With monkeypox cases continuing to climb in the United States, federal health officials said Friday they have ordered another 2.5 million doses of monkeypox vaccine and boosted national testing capacity to respond to the outbreak.

The news comes not a moment too soon, as...

04 Jul
Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior Outbreaks

Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior Outbreaks

The symptoms of patients with monkeypox in the United Kingdom differ from those in previous outbreaks of the virus, a new study shows.

It said there have been fewer reports of fever and tiredness while reports of skin lesions in the genital and anal areas have been more ...

27 Jun
HIV Testing Plummeted During Pandemic

HIV Testing Plummeted During Pandemic

Testing for HIV suffered a sharp setback during the first year of the pandemic, new government data shows.

The number of HIV tests funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an...

23 Jun
Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Hate crime laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people may have an unexpected benefit: fewer teen suicide attempts, among kids of all sexual orientations.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what happened in U.S. states that enacted hate crime l...

22 Jun
CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.

Twenty-four cases of meningitis (

25 May
Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were diffe...

08 Mar
Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

There are serious mental harms and high financial costs associated with so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ people, researchers report.

Conversion therapy attempts to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people "straight." Its safety and effectiveness ha...

14 Jan
Amid U.S. Blood Shortage, New Pressure to Ease Donor Rules for Gay Men

Amid U.S. Blood Shortage, New Pressure to Ease Donor Rules for Gay Men

A three-month sexual abstinence rule for blood donations from sexually active gay and bisexual men should be dropped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, critics urge as the country struggles with a blood shortage.

Right now, based on the slight chance of infection ...

01 Dec
HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance, health officials say.

The continuing inequities show up in a ...

16 Nov
As Countries Become More Tolerant, Suicides Among Gay Men Decline

As Countries Become More Tolerant, Suicides Among Gay Men Decline

A new study confirms that when a country is more accepting of people who are LGBTQ, fewer gay or bisexual men take their own lives.

In a new study, researchers compared life in a country where LGBTQ folks encounter strong stigma with that in a country where stigma agains...

13 Oct
Testosterone Levels Matter for Men's, Women's Sex Lives

Testosterone Levels Matter for Men's, Women's Sex Lives

What launches guys on serial sexual conquests and prompts solo activity among women?

It's testosterone, of course.

As the primary male sex hormone, it plays a leading role in the sexual development of guys. But folks often overlook the role it plays in female sexua...

30 Sep
LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

Kids who are gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality may be vulnerable to contemplating suicide at a tender age, a new U.S. government study finds.

It has long been known that teenagers who are part of sexual minorities have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and be...

12 Aug
Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

When the antiretroviral regimen known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, was launched nearly a decade ago, patients were suddenly able to achieve near-complete protection against contracting HIV by taking just one pill a day.

But there's a big hitch: Not everyone is e...

10 Aug
A Second 'Closet' for Some LGBTQ Seniors Entering Nursing Homes

A Second 'Closet' for Some LGBTQ Seniors Entering Nursing Homes

The Stonewall generation is entering old age, and a new study finds many LGBTQ+ seniors are fearful that the prejudices of staff and fellow residents at nursing homes could leave them vulnerable to continued misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination.

In fact, "LGBTQ+ e...

22 Jul
When It Comes to Bullying of LGBTQ Teens, Local Politics Matters

When It Comes to Bullying of LGBTQ Teens, Local Politics Matters

Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ suffer more bullying at their schools when they live in areas with politically conservative voting records, a new study finds.

School boards should do more to implement policies that go beyond minimum protections for LGBTQ+ youth, regardless...

15 Jun
Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show.

Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified as "non-heterosexual" rose from 8.3% to 11.7%, according to nat...

18 May
In One U.S. School District, Nearly 10% of Students Identify as 'Gender-Diverse'

In One U.S. School District, Nearly 10% of Students Identify as 'Gender-Diverse'

Teens may be much more diverse in their gender identities than widely thought, a new study suggests.

In a survey of nearly 3,200 high school students in one U.S. school district, researchers found that almost 10% were "gender-diverse." That meant they identified as a gen...

17 May
Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

Gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female, a new study of more than 4,400 teens has found.

"Transgender youths reported the highest rates of all forms of peer victimization, which were double ...

05 May
New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality -- being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

In a survey of nearly 2,400 adults, researchers found that those with autism were three to nine ti...

17 Mar
Disappointment and Hope From Two HIV Prevention Trials

Disappointment and Hope From Two HIV Prevention Trials

An antibody infusion being tested for preventing HIV does not seem to thwart most infections -- but its success against certain strains of the virus suggests researchers are on the right track.

That's the takeaway from a clinical trial that put the antibody, called VRC01...

04 Feb
Survey Shows Which Americans Love Sports the Most

Survey Shows Which Americans Love Sports the Most

A lot of people will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, but not everyone will be equally excited about it.

A new study that considered the influence of gender and sexuality on sports fandom found that though 9 of 10 Americans say they enjoy sports at least a little,...

02 Dec
Gay, Lesbian Adults Often Miss Out on Cholesterol Meds

Gay, Lesbian Adults Often Miss Out on Cholesterol Meds

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults are less likely to take cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease than heterosexual adults, even though they have a higher heart disease risk, according to a new study.

Researchers conducted an online survey of more tha...

29 Sep
Allowing More Gay Men to Donate Corneas Could Save Sight for Thousands: Study

Allowing More Gay Men to Donate Corneas Could Save Sight for Thousands: Study

U.S. and Canadian restrictions on cornea donations from gay and bisexual men prevent thousands of vision-restoring transplants and need to be changed, researchers say.

A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans...

28 Sep
Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines?

Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines?

Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusiv...

21 Jul
Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

As many as 40% of LGBTQ youth and more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth contemplated taking their life in the past year, according to a new report.

Also, one in three LGBTQ youth said they had been threatened or harmed because of their sexual identit...

06 Jul
Coronavirus Ups Anxiety, Depression in the LGBTQ Community

Coronavirus Ups Anxiety, Depression in the LGBTQ Community

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety and depression are striking many in the LGBTQ+ community for the first time, researchers say.

"What I was hearing at the beginning of the pandemic was that people who were already anxious were more anxious than ever...

16 Jun
AHA NEWS: COVID-19 Adds To Challenges For LGBTQ Youth

AHA NEWS: COVID-19 Adds To Challenges For LGBTQ Youth

Even before the pandemic, LGBTQ youth faced unique health challenges. Now, social isolation is heightening concerns about protecting their mental well-being.

Isolation, and the way it cuts off youth from life-affirming social connections, could have serious implication...

08 Jun
Older Gays, Lesbians at Higher Odds for Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

Older Gays, Lesbians at Higher Odds for Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

Alcohol and drug use is more common among older adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than among their straight counterparts, a new study finds.

For the study, New York University (NYU) researchers analyzed 25,880 responses from adults aged 50 and older who...

26 May
Too Often, Bullying Has Lethal Consequences for LGBT Teens

Too Often, Bullying Has Lethal Consequences for LGBT Teens

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) youth who die by suicide are five times more likely to have been bullied than their straight counterparts.

The finding stems from a review of nearly 10,000 U.S. death records for 2003 to 2017. All of the youth were...

04 May
Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Lesbian, gay and bisexual members in the U.S. military are at higher risk for sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking, a new study reports.

And that sexual victimization can trigger mental health problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sub...

02 Apr
Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Blood Donor Restrictions Eased for Gays

Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Blood Donor Restrictions Eased for Gays

America is in urgent need of blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will relax donor restrictions placed on gay and bisexual men and others.

Specifically, the FDA has changed the abstinence period re...

11 Mar
Friends Matter for LGBT Health

Friends Matter for LGBT Health

Having a large social network of other people with the same sexual identity benefits the health of LGBT people, a new study finds.

Previous studies have found that discrimination and related stress can be harmful to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgende...

10 Mar
Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are far more likely than their straight peers to suffer physical and/or sexual violence, new research warns.

The warning stems from surveys of nearly 29,000 teens, aged 14 to 18, conducted in 2015 and 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disea...

28 Feb
Med Schools  More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

Med Schools More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

Race, gender and sexual orientation are tied to mistreatment of medical school students by faculty, physicians and fellow students, according to a new report.

For the study, Yale University researchers analyzed more than 27,500 surveys of students at 140 accredited m...

20 Feb
Gay Men Underestimate Their Risks From HPV

Gay Men Underestimate Their Risks From HPV

Young men who have sex with other men don't fully grasp their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, due to a lack of information from health care providers, researchers say.

Interviews with men in their early 20s who are gay, bisexual or who identify as stra...

19 Feb
Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Gay and bisexual men in the United States have higher skin cancer rates than heterosexual men, while bisexual women have lower rates than heterosexual women, according to a new study.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed data culled from n...

10 Feb
Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

Suicidal behavior is declining among U.S. teenagers who identify as LGBT, but the problem remains pervasive.

That's the conclusion of two new studies that tracked trends among U.S. teenagers over the past couple of decades. Over the years, more kids have been identif...

19 Dec
Drug-Resistant Dysentery Emerging Among Gay Men

Drug-Resistant Dysentery Emerging Among Gay Men

Australian researchers are sounding the alarm over cases of a highly infectious intestinal illness that appear to be resistant to all forms of standard oral antibiotic treatment.

The disease is called shigellosis, a form of dysentery. So far, most cases have involved...

22 Oct
Depression Rates Not Budging for Lesbian and Gay Teens

Depression Rates Not Budging for Lesbian and Gay Teens

While fewer straight teens suffer depression than did two decades ago, the same cannot be said for lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.

For those teens, depression risk remains much higher than among their straight peers, new research shows, and it is not followin...

29 Aug
There Is No 'Gay Gene,' Major Study Concludes

There Is No 'Gay Gene,' Major Study Concludes

There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue.

Instead, a person's attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influ...

08 Aug
Doctors Come Out Against Gay Conversion Therapy

Doctors Come Out Against Gay Conversion Therapy

So-called "conversion therapy" can trigger depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thoughts and attempts, and it should be banished in the United States, medical experts say in a new report.

Conversion therapy is used in an attempt to change a person...

19 Jun
Many Lesbian, Gay Teens Still Face Rejection by Parents

Many Lesbian, Gay Teens Still Face Rejection by Parents

Many parents of lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) children take years to adjust after learning about their sexual orientation, a new study finds.

The study included more than 1,200 parents of LGB youth aged 10 to 25. The parents visited a website with LGB resources and ...

04 Jun
AHA News: For LGBTQ Patients, Discrimination Can Become Barrier to Medical Care

AHA News: For LGBTQ Patients, Discrimination Can Become Barrier to Medical Care

In recent years, medical experts have been awakening to the specialized needs of LGBTQ people. But one of the most significant barriers to their care can sometimes be right in their doctor's office.

Jamison Green knows this firsthand.

"One of the worst th...

03 Jun
Lesbian, Gay Youth at Higher Risk for Self-Harm

Lesbian, Gay Youth at Higher Risk for Self-Harm

An alarming number of teens practice self-harm, but lesbian, gay and bisexual teens may be more than twice as likely as their straight peers to cut, hit or bruise themselves, new research warns.

While between 10% and 20% of heterosexual teens engaged in these...

13 May
Political Controversies Could Fuel Bullying of LGBT Youth: Study

Political Controversies Could Fuel Bullying of LGBT Youth: Study

Heated political debate about the rights of marginalized groups might trigger increases in bullying, a new study says.

It found that homophobic bullying at California schools peaked before a statewide referendum to ban gay marriage (Proposition 8), but declined afte...

03 May
HIV Meds Cut Transmission Risk to Zero, Even Without Condoms: Study

HIV Meds Cut Transmission Risk to Zero, Even Without Condoms: Study

Even if they never use a condom during sex, gay men whose HIV is undetectable due to ongoing antiretroviral treatment cannot infect their male partner, new research reveals.

"Whether men who are in monogamous relationships in these circumstances chose to use or not to ...

28 Feb
Marriage Law Boosted Same-Sex Couples' Well-Being

Marriage Law Boosted Same-Sex Couples' Well-Being

Same-sex couples benefited emotionally from the U.S. Supreme Court's federal recognition of gay marriage, researchers say.

The 2015 decision recognizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation reduced mental distress and improved life satisfaction among gay and lesbi...

18 Jan
Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs

Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs

Most cancer specialists are comfortable treating LGBTQ patients, but many aren't confident in their knowledge about these patients' specific health needs, a new survey finds.

"Cancer care within the LGBTQ community is a largely ignored public health issue," said Gwen...

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