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Sexual Minority Women Are at Risk for Breast Cancer: Interview With Courtney Sarkin

Homophobia and cis heterosexism create elevated breast cancer risks for queer identifying women by pushing them out of healthcare.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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Could People Living With HIV Have Worse Outcomes From COVID-19, Even if Vaccinated?

Current COVID-19 and vaccination messaging could be puzzling for people living with HIV who are on effective therapy and undetectable.

By Larry Buhl

The Stories of Black People Were Not Being Told

Amid “talk about this strange disease among gay men,” Black men and women were being left out of the conversation.

By Tim Murphy

Warning Signs and Unexplainable Symptoms

Around the time of the CDC’s first Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, medical students, residents, and clinic volunteers describe an alarming number of leukemia diagnoses.

By Tim Murphy

If Your Health Provider Never Asks Your Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, They Likely Will Soon

After years of LGBTQ advocacy pushing for it, a federal agency is likely to make it a whole lot more common for providers to pay attention to “SOGI.”

By Tim Murphy
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Was the CDC’s Guidance on Ditching Masks Too Hasty—Especially for Folks Living With HIV?

Most HIV community experts say no—the new CDC guidance is data-backed and makes sense. But many will still wear masks in crowded or indoor settings.

By Tim Murphy
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How One Black Woman Wrestles With Vaccine Hesitancy

What to do if you’re unsure about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? Go to reliable sources of health information, as Candis Y. McDow does here, inviting all to join in on her journey.

By Candis Y. McDow
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NYC Working Group Urges Policymakers to Recognize COVID-19 as a Chronic Condition

A new report calls for action towards health justice and healing for New York communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.

What You Need to Know About the New Coronavirus and HIV

Our updated medical advice from HIV doctors and health experts on how to remain healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic if you're living with HIV in the U.S., including guidance on vaccines.

By Myles Helfand, Ginger Skinner and Mathew Rodriguez
Anthony Fauci, M.D.

Learning From HIV Research, $1.15 Billion for NIH Long-Term Studies of COVID-19 Must be Wisely Spent

We must recognize long COVID-19 as a chronic condition—and that starts with an equitable, community-led, and long-term response.

By JD Davids