Young black MSM face pernicious HIV rates

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CHICAGO — Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) are 16 times more likely to contract HIV than their white peers despite more frequent testing for HIV and being less likely to have unsafe sex, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study, MedicalXPress reports.

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Study: Cancer care lacking for LGB patients

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BOSTON — LGB people tend to report poorer experiences as cancer patients than straights, Medical Xpress reports.

Conducting a secondary analysis of a 2013 U.K. National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, Richard Neal of the University of Leeds, a U.K. school, found that LGB respondents reported poorer care, less involvement in treatment decision making and the suitability of information resources, Medical Xpress reports.

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Germany leader makes move to annul thousands of convictions of gay men

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Berlin (AP) – Germany’s justice minister says he will draw up legislation to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany.

Heiko Maas’ May 11 announcement that he will seek to overturn the convictions and create a “right to compensation” came after an expert study commissioned by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency found that there is no legal barrier to rehabilitating the men.

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German minister seeks to annul convictions for homosexuality

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BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s justice minister said May 11 he will draw up legislation to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany.

Heiko Maas’ announcement that he will seek to overturn the convictions and create a “right to compensation” came after an expert study commissioned by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency found that there is no legal barrier to rehabilitating the men.

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UT study finds same-sex parents spend more quality time with their kids

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Same-sex parents spend more time with their kids than heterosexual couples, a new study conducted by the Population Research Center at the University of Texas found.

“Our findings support the argument that parental investment in children is at least as great – and possibly greater – in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples,” said Kate Prickett, lead author of the study, in a report posted on Child and Family Blog

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GLAAD study finds studio movies behind in LGBT roles

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New York (AP) — An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, despite a slight improvement over the last year.

Examining the 114 films released by the seven largest movie studios in 2014, the study found that 17.5 percent of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no identifiably transgender characters. The findings, released on April 15, are a slight uptick from the 16.7 percent of “inclusive” movies from 2013.

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Gay men more likely to develop skin cancer, study says

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According to an American Academy of Dermatology study, gay as well as bisexual men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than straight men.

The study proposes that the doubled statistic is due to the fact that the high-risk group is more likely to partake in artificial tanning. This correlation, however, is not certain.

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LGBT youth turn to sexual encounters to survive

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New York (AP) – A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call “survival sex.”

In extensive interviews conducted over three years by the Urban Institute, 283 young people spoke about experiencing family rejection, establishing support networks with groups of their peers, and learning how to subsist on earnings from sexual encounters. Many said there were positive aspects to their lives, but a large majority expressed a yearning to get out of the sex business.

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Study says pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV among gay men

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SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

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Study suggests genetic link for males being gay

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CHICAGO (AP) – A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men’s chances of being gay, but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it.

Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their results bolster previous evidence pointing to genes on the X chromosome.

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Marriage equality would mean big bucks for Florida

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Should same sex marriage be legalized, Florida stands to gain more than $182 million over the next three years. That economic boost would mean more than $12 million in tax revenue for the state.

That’s according to a new study from The Williams Institute.

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Government study: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

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NEW YORK (AP) – The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.

“It’s encouraging,” said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.

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