FDA Launches Largest LGBTQ Health Initiative Ever

The Biggest Queer Wellness Stories Of The Week

Each week HuffPost Queer 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.

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FDA Launches Largest LGBTQ Health Initiative Ever

FDA just launched their “This Free Life” campaign, the biggest queer public health campaign ever. The $35.7 million campaign aims to curb smoking among LGBTQ young adults, who smoke twice as often as their non-queer peers.

HIV Risks Behaviors for Black Gay and Bi Men

African American gay and bi men have some of the highest HIV rates in the country. But why? A new study looked at the risk behaviors of a sample of black men who have sex with men and found that 34.4 percent reported having sex with people other than their main partners. What’s more, barebacking behaviors with these partners were associated with not thinking safe sex was accepted within the community and not feeling confident about their condom skills.

Intimate Partner Violence More Common for Queer Women Veterans

A new study on intimate partner violence (IPV) among female veterans found that lesbian and bisexual veterans were 6.7 percent more likely to have experienced IPV than straight ones.

What Online Advertisement are Telling You

Looking for a man? Explicit internet ads from hookup and dating websites targeted towards gay and bi men are sending a message.  A new study looked at the media’s role in perpetuating sexual and racial norms among men who have sex with men. Three of the biggest themes? No condoms, college, and “thug” (focusing on black masculinity and hip hop culture). What is more, condomless sex was most common in ads featuring black men.

Dating, Hookup Websites a Great Way to Share HIV Safety Info

Want to spread the word about HIV? Try dating and hookup websites. Evidence shows that HIV prevention ads work better on dating websites than on general websites.

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