And other big LGBT wellness stories from the past week.
Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic here.
A new study looked at where HIV-positive Baltimore men went to find sex partners. 31% went to bars/clubs and 38% went to the Internet, but there was a shift over time away from bars/club towards the Internet. Is everyone just swiping right now?
HRC: Bisexuals Have Worse Health
The HRC released a new report highlighting the worse physical, sexual, and mental health bisexuals face. According to Tari Hanneman of the HRC, “Bisexual people are the largest single group within the LGBT community, but we’re not addressing their specific healthcare needs.” This is just in time to kick off bi awareness week. So look for a lot more great visibility this week, including a White House Bisexual Policy Briefing on Monday.
Man Denied Health Insurance for Taking PrEP, GLAD Sues
GLAD is suing the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination because a man was allegedly denied health insurance because he took Truvada, or PrEP. Wait, a man was denied health insurance because he was being responsible and proactive? #wrong
Trans People Need Access to Fertility Services
Blocking transgender people from accessing fertility services is not okay and trans people want families just like everyone else, says the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Ethics Committee. Thanks ASRM!
Science: What’s a Gaydar?
What’s in a gaydar? No, really. That was the subject of a new research study. Researchers asked people what set off their gaydar and found that clothing, voice, mannerisms, eye contact, certain conversation norms and an intangible, energetic connection were the biggest triggers.
How Much Would It Cost for Every Bi and Gay Man to Get Tested?
Researchers recently calculated what it would cost for every bi and gay man in America to receive full STI and HIV testing and counseling for one year. The total? $1.1 billion. To put that in perspective, Americans spend $30 billion on coffee every year. We’d take health over a caffeine buzz any day.