How Same-Sex Marriage Laws Help LGBTQ Teens

HealthLine, 28 February 2017
Author: Gigen Mammoser
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the United States. However, adolescents who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are at even greater risk of self-harm. According to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, same-sex marriage legalization leads to an overall decrease in adolescent suicide attempts.”
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Doctors Want To Learn More About Treating Transgender Patients, Survey Shows

Huffington Post, 12 January 2017
Author: Anna Almendrala
“One in three transgender patients reports experiencing serious discrimination or bias when seeking medical care, even when that care is unrelated to their transgender status. While some of these negative interactions in health care may stem from discriminatory attitudes on the part of medical care professionals, a survey reveals that doctors feel they lack the training they need to feel confident when treating transgender patients.”
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Federal judge halts transgender health protections

The Hill, 31 December 2017
Author: Mallory Shelbourne
“A federal judge in Texas on Saturday halted enforcement of federal rules aimed at preventing doctors from discriminating against transgender individuals. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted the temporary injunction, saying the rules “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, according to The Associated Press.”
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Family Court backs parents on removal of gonads from intersex child

The Australian, 7 December 2016
Author: Caroline Overrington
“A five-year-old child who was born genetically male will be raised as a sterilised female after the Family Court agreed to a ­request by the parents to have the child’s gonads removed. Such babies were once, and often erroneously, called hermaphrodites but are today more commonly known as intersex. For much of the 20th century parents were encouraged to assign a gender to them, and then opt for surgery. The court determined that the parents were well within their rights to pursue surgery for the child, and did not have to consult the court.”
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European first: Malta bans gay conversion therapy

SBS, 7 December 2016
Author: Ben Winsor
“The Mediterranean Island of Malta has become the first country in Europe to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’, a practice that aims to ‘cure’ homosexuality. Legislation banning the practice was passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee in November, and has now been formally approved. The law imposes penalties of up to 10,000 euros and a year in jail for professionals found offering conversion services, local media reports.”
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New AIDS vaccine: ‘Final nail in coffin’ for disease?

Aljazeera, 1 December 2016
Source: AFP
“South Africa has launched a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the “final nail in the coffin” for the disease. It is one of the biggest clinical trials involving the disease ever undertaken and has revived hopes of a breakthrough in the battle against AIDS.”
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Do we have a moral responsibility to compensate for vulnerable groups? A discussion on the right to health for LGBT people

Med Health Care and Philos (2016). doi:10.1007/s11019-016-9750-1
Author: Perihan Elif Ekmekci
“Vulnerability is a broad concept widely addressed in recent scholarly literature. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the vulnerable populations with significant disadvantages related to health and the social determinants of health. Medical ethics discourse tackles vulnerability from philosophical and political perspectives. LGBT people experience several disadvantages from both perspectives. This article aims to justify the right to health for LGBT people and their particular claims regarding healthcare because they belong to a vulnerable group.”
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UK has highest rates of cocaine use and gonorrhoea in Europe

The Guardian, 24 November 2016
Source: Press Association
“The UK is a European hotspot for cocaine use and gonorrhoea, a new report suggests. Across Europe, 1.9% of young adults aged 15 to 34 report using cocaine in the last year. But in the UK this figure stands at 4.2%, according to the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report from the European Commission and the OECD. Out of every 100,000 people in the British population, 60 were found to have the sexually transmitted infection – compared with a European average of 20 cases per 100,000 people.”
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Rethinking the Ban — The U.S. Blood Supply and Men Who Have Sex with Men

NEJM, November 16, 2016
Authors: Chana A. Sacks, Robert H. Goldstein, Rochelle P. Walensky
“The ban on donations from men who have sex with men was instituted at a time of public health panic and vast uncertainty, but 31 years later, scientific advances in testing and in understanding of disease transmission offer new tools and better ways than a sweeping ban to minimize the risk of transfusion-related HIV. Thousands of people died from HIV that they contracted from the blood supply, and their memories demand that we not fall victim to the hubris of believing that there will not be emerging threats or new knowledge to be gained. Greatest respect can be paid to the people who died and to this tragic and complicated history not by maintaining outdated policies but by constantly reevaluating and implementing changes in line with what we do know and by advancing science in areas we do not fully understand. We must be committed to empirical rigor in the evaluation of the outcomes of any new policy changes, and in that way we can continue to ensure a safe blood supply for every person, of every community, who may need it.”
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Most of 260,000 young Australians with chlamydia STI don’t know

SMH, 14 November 2016
Author: Rania Spooner
“Hundreds of thousands of young Australians are living with a sexually transmitted infection and researchers warn most don’t know they’ve got it. According to the Australian Annual Surveillance Report into sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses, there were an estimated 260,000 new cases of chlamydia in 15 to 29-year-olds by the end of 2015. The report also reveals that despite HIV levels stabilising overall, new infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations have continued to rise.”
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