Who decides what’s medically necessary?

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 at 8:50pm

Mara Keisling Trans advocate says trans health benefits are about what medical treatments are necessary, not about cost or personal beliefs TAMMYE NASH  | Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com Say the phrase “transgender health benefits,” and most people immediately think insurance coverage that pays at least some of the costs of sexual reassignment surgery. But there’s a […]

Premature aging an issue for AIDS survivors

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 at 12:02pm

30 years after 1st diagnoses, scientists work to pin down cause of complications, while doctors develop treatment guidelines LISA LEFF | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Having survived the first and worst years of the AIDS epidemic, when he was losing three friends to the disease in a day and undergoing every primitive, toxic treatment […]

RCD continues United Black Ellument

Posted on 09 Jun 2011 at 5:57pm

DSHS takes over funding from CDC for peer-to-peer education program DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com United Black Ellument, a social and support group for African-American men, has changed from an independent program to a program of Resource Center Dallas and will now be funded by the Texas Department of State Heath Services. U-BE’s staff […]

UN urges more funds for early HIV treatment

Posted on 05 Jun 2011 at 8:58am

Report comes on heels of study showing medicines dramatically reduce spread of virus EDITH M. LEDERER | Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations AIDS agency on Friday urged increased funding for early treatment of people with HIV following a new international study showing it could dramatically reduce the number of new infections through […]

30 years after first AIDS cases, hope for a cure

Posted on 05 Jun 2011 at 8:36am

MARILYNN MARCHIONE  |  AP Medical Writer Today marks 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. And this anniversary brings fresh hope for something many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure. The example is Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco, the first person in the world apparently […]

UT Southwestern marks HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Posted on 12 May 2011 at 6:35pm

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com UT Southwestern’s Dr. Mamta Jain will be at ilume on May 18 to give a presentation on the necessity for an HIV vaccine. Jain is heading a clinical trial of a vaccine that may help researchers understand how the immune system may prevent HIV. They are trying to understand […]

RCD to begin Saturday HIV testing program

Posted on 12 May 2011 at 6:33pm

STD testing will be offered during new testing hours including free syphilis screening DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Through a partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Resource Center Dallas will begin HIV and STD testing on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning May 21, RCD officials announced this week […]

Study: Gay men get cancer more often

Posted on 12 May 2011 at 6:31pm

Bret Camp Study also finds that lesbians, bisexual women report poorer health than straight women after surviving cancer DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com A new study released this week in Cancer, a journal published by the American Cancer Society, suggests that gay men have a higher prevalence of cancer than heterosexual men. Data came […]

AIDS Arms breaks ground on new clinic

Posted on 05 May 2011 at 7:08pm

BREAK THROUGH | AIDS Arms held a Sledge Hammer Party to begin renovations to transform its property into a new HIV clinic. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) Agency hopes to serve many of the 6,000 people with HIV in the area not currently accessing health care DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com AIDS Arms broke ground Wednesday, […]

HHS announces plan to improve LGBT health

Posted on 07 Apr 2011 at 4:31pm

Move comes following release of study detailing ‘research gaps and opportunities’ related to LGBTs and healthcare LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday, April 1, that it is making new recommendations for future action to “improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” […]