For LGBTQ teens, participating in health research is just as comfortable as posting pictures on social media and doing homework

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Chicago — LGBTQ teens feel more comfortable participating in sexual health and HIV prevention research than they do with routine everyday events, like taking a test or getting blood drawn, reports a new Northwestern University study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Continue Reading ▶︎

The Centers for Disease Control classifies Keep It Up! as a best evidence intervention for HIV risk reduction

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CHICAGO — Keep It Up! 2.0, a novel online HIV prevention program developed by Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, has been designated by the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) project at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as showing the best evidence of efficacy. Continue Reading ▶︎

Young black gay men have vastly higher HIV rates yet fewer partners and more frequent testing

Denser social networks appear to put young gay black men at higher HIV risk

  • Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) have more frequent testing for HIV
  • Black MSM report the lowest number of sexual partners overall
  • Young black MSM in Chicago are 16 times more likely to have HIV than young white MSM
  • HIV prevention efforts are helping reduce risky sexual behavior

CHICAGO — Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) are 16 times more likely to have an HIV infection than their white peers despite more frequent testing for HIV and being less likely to have unsafe sex, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

Online HIV Prevention Program Receives $8.8 Million NIH Grant To Put Research Into Practice

Northwestern University News

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Zaina Awad

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Kristin Samuelson
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Keep It Up! leads the way in scaling up eHealth in real-world settings

 CHICAGO — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to Keep It Up!, a novel online HIV prevention program that successfully reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men by 40 percent. Continue Reading ▶︎

How Do Gay and Bisexual Men Feel about Their Privacy When Using Apps? Not Great.

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Press Release

Authors: 

Dr. H. Jonathon Rendina (hrendina@hunter.cuny.edu)
Dr. Brian Mustanski (brian@northwestern.edu)

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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook had provided a political firm with personal data on hundreds of millions of users. Continue Reading ▶︎

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

  • ‘My challenge is I have no idea what sex is really like for men, especially for gay men’
  • Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens
  • Parents need resources to help them overcome discomfort in discussing sexual health
  • Supportive relationship with parents is strong predictor of good health behaviors in all teens

CHICAGO — It’s hard enough for parents to have “the talk” about sexual health with their kids, but parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

LGBT health expert available on new limits for transgender troops

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MEDIA ADVISORY: March 27, 2018

LGBT health expert available on new limits for transgender troops

CHICAGO — A recent policy recommendation from the Trump administration disqualifies transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition from serving in the military. Continue Reading ▶︎

Romantic relationships buffer gay and lesbian youth from psychological distress

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FOR RELEASE: Feb. 15, 2018 

Romantic relationships buffer gay and lesbian youth from psychological distress

Bullying doesn’t “hurt” as much when you are in love

  • Parents and friends don’t have same protective effect as romantic partners
  • Romance is associated with higher psychological distress for bisexuals, who face unique stressors
  • Suggests benefits of helping LGBT youth meet in citywide ‘queer proms’ and learn healthy behaviors for dating and romance

CHICAGO — Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered against the negative effects of bullying and victimization when they were in a relationship than when they were not, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study conducted in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati. Continue Reading ▶︎