Health

Psychology Today agrees to reject listings from "ex-gay" therapy practitioners

WASHINGTON DC -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) welcomed as a much-needed step the decision by Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people.

In a letter last week to the leadership of Psychology Today, HRC requested that they stop publishing such listings, and, to build on the publication’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation, also post an article condemning the use of harmful “conversion therapy.”

Covered California offering special enrollment for consumers unaware of tax penalty

SAN DIEGO, California -- Although the deadline for health coverage in 2015 through Covered California has passed, consumers who now face a tax penalty for being uninsured might have a way out.

Covered California is offering a time-limited opportunity to enroll during special enrollment for consumers who did not realize there was a tax penalty in 2014 or learned they may face a penalty in 2015.

Healing Within: Immune and digestive sytems and the inflammatory response

Inflammation arises from an immune system response that gets out of control. Infection or injury trigger an inflammatory cascade that leads to classic symptoms of inflammation like heat, pain, redness, and swelling.

The immune system summons white blood cells to come and clear out damaged tissue allowing the healing process to occur. This is a normal process in the body to acute inflammation. But when the switch cannot be shut off, chronic inflammation occurs leaving damaged tissue that simply will not heal.

HRC to Psychology Today: Reject ads touting "ex-gay" junk science

WASHINGTON DC -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today called on Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people.

HRC leadership made the request directly to executives of the publication in a letter that further urged them to build on Psychology Today’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation by posting an article condemning the use of harmful “conversion therapy.”

Alan Cumming stars in hilarious GLAAD and GMHC #CelibacyChallenge campaign

A coalition of organization’s, including GLAAD and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), launched a new PSA and social media campaign starring openly bisexual actor Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Bullitt, #CelibacyChallenge urges the FDA to implement a blood donation system that screens all donors based on risk for HIV transmission, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Family Health Centers of San Diego wins national “Million Hearts” award

SAN DIEGO, California -- Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70% or more among patients.

Only 30 organizations nationwide were selected as “champions” for this Hypertension Control Challenge and only eight of the winners, including FHCSD, are Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Health and wellness center to open in The Castro

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Set to open this April in the Castro, The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s health and wellness center is nearing its big debut.

Hormone therapy in transgender adults is safe, study finds

In the most comprehensive review to date addressing the relative safety of hormone therapy for transgender persons, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that hormone therapy in transgender adults is safe. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology, may help reduce the barriers for transgender individuals to receive medical care.

CDC: We could cut the HIV transmission rate by more than 90%

More than 700,000 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are undiagnosed or not receiving care, a population responsible for 91.5% of the transmissions of the infection in 2009, researchers reported Monday.

Didn't finish your Covered California application? There's still time!

Open enrollment for private health coverage through Covered California in 2015 ended Sunday, but individuals who started the application process by Feb. 15 but didn't finish have until Feb. 22 to complete the process.

In order to finish enrolling, individuals must work with a certified enroller and make their first premium payment on that same day in order for coverage to effect on March 1. The online application system is no longer available for this cycle.