Health & HIV/AIDS

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    Stress and Mental Health Among Midlife and Older Gay-Identified Men

    By Richard G. Wight, Allen J. LeBlanc, Brian de Vries, Roger Detels
    January 2012

    Sexual minority stress, along with aging-related stress, jeopardizes the mental health of midlife and older gay men. Legal marriage for same-sex couples may also confer a unique protective effect against poor mental health.

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    PTSD and Sexual Orientation: An Examination of Criterion A1 and Non-criterion A1 Events

    By Ilan H. Meyer, Edward J. Alessi, James I. Martin
    December 2011

    LGB participants reporting one of the qualifying events not currently included in the DSM, such as ending a relationship and unemployment, were more likely than those reporting events currently included to have symptoms diagnosable as PTSD, suggesting that these additional qualifying events should be added for PTSD.

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    HIV Discrimination in Dental Care: Results of a Discrimination Testing Study in Los Angeles County

    By Brad Sears, Christian Cooper, Fariba S. Younai, Tom Donohoe
    December 2011

    This study used trained testers to measure the level of HIV discrimination by dentists in Los Angeles County. The findings suggest the need for more targeted education efforts to ensure equal access to dental services for all PLWHA.

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    “We’d Be Free”: Narratives of Life Without Homophobia, Racism, or Sexism

    By Ilan Meyer, et al.
    August 13, 2011

    This study examined the effects of exposure to everyday experiences of inequality. It finds that stigma and social inequality can increase stress and reduce well-being for LGB people, even in the absence of major traumatic events such as hate crimes and discrimination.

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    Minority Stress and Physical Health among Sexual Minorities

    By David M. Frost, Keren Lehavot, Ilan H. Meyer
    August 2011

    New research shows that lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGB) are at increased risk for physical health problems due to prejudice-related stress. Findings from a new report were presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC on August 5, 2011.

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    Statewide Estimation of Racial/Ethnic Populations of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the U.S.

    January 2011

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) bear the greatest burden of human immunodeficiency virus HIV/AIDS in every state in the U.S., but their populations are poorly defined. Authors of the study estimated and compared populations of MSM in 2007 by region, state, and race/ethnicity.

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    American Bar Association Hearing – Racing the Closet

    By Russell Robinson
    October 2010

    The following presentation and statement is by Williams Institute Faculty Advisory Board Member Russell Robinson on his article Racing the Closet, published in 2009.

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    Still Caught in the Storm

    With Contributions by Gary J. Gates
    October 2010

    With contributions from Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates, “Still Caught in the Storm” is a report released by the Southern AIDS Coalition National Policy Center focusing on the ongoing epidemic of HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men in the 16 Southern states and the District of Columbia.

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    HIV Prevalence Rates Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Southern United States: Population-Based Estimates by Race/Ethnicity

    Co-Authored by Gary J. Gates
    September 2010

    Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates co-authored a paper titled “HIV Prevalence Rates Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Southern United States: Population-Based Estimates by Race/Ethnicity” that has been published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.

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    Effects of Lifting Blood Donation Bans on Men Who Have Sex with Men

    By Gary J. Gates, Naomi G. Goldberg
    June 2010

    The Food and Drug Administration prohibits the donation of blood by any man who has had sex with another man (MSM) since 1977. This research brief uses data sources to estimate the size of the MSM population and apply those estimates to blood donation patterns in the US to predict the impact of lifting the ban on the nation’s blood supply.

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    Estimating Populations of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Southern United States

    November 2009

    Population estimates of men who have sex with men (MSM) by state and race/ethnicity are lacking, hampering effective HIV epidemic monitoring and targeting of outreach and prevention efforts. We created three models to estimate the proportion and number of adult males who are MSM in 17 southern states.

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    HIV Discrimination in Health Care Services in Los Angeles County

    By Brad Sears, Deborah Ho
    World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006

    This report presents the results of three studies conducted from 2003 to 2005 measuring HIV-discrimination in health care in Los Angeles County. The studies found that 46% of skilled nursing facilities, 26% of plastic and cosmetic surgeons, and 55% of obstetricians in Los Angeles County would not take any patient who was HIV-positive for any type of service, even when patients were asymptomatic.

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