FREE Meningitis Vaccines – Saturday, October 22

Men’s Health Foundation will be offering FREE Meningitis vaccines regardless of whether you have health insurance. Stop by our booth at:

Sample Saturday
8578 Santa Monica Blvd (near 24 Hour Fitness)
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Saturday, Oct 22
12pm – 4pm

Los Angeles County public health officials and LGBT advocates are urging gay and bisexual men to get meningitis vaccinations, citing a recent outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease that is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men.

October 21st, 2016|Categories: Men's Health, News|

More Could Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada

Too few Americans who are at risk for HIV infection are taking Truvada — a daily pill that could protect them against the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials report.

Health care providers must help boost patient awareness and use of the drug, health experts stressed.

About 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, 20 percent of injection drug users, and less than 1 percent of sexually active heterosexuals are at high risk for HIV infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vital Signs report. People in these groups need to know about Truvada, which is also known as the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill, the government experts said.

Taken daily, the PrEP pill can reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV by more than 90 percent. The PrEP pill can reduce injection drug users’ risk of HIV by more than 70 percent, the experts said.

However, recent data suggests some primary care health providers have never heard of PrEP, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012. The full potential of the drug to prevent HIV infections can only be achieved by increasing awareness of the drug and providing counseling for those

December 10th, 2015|Categories: Men's Health, Research|

New CDC Report Shows High Percentage for PrEP Indications for MSM

Last week, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released estimated percentages and numbers of adults with indications for PrEP. Among adult MSM aged 18-59 years in the United States who report sexual activity in the past year, approximately 25% have indications for PrEP to prevent HIV acquisition, compared with approximately 18% of persons who inject drugs and 0.4% of heterosexually active adults.

The high percentage of MSM with PrEP indications is consistent with the high number of new HIV infections among MSM. The high percentage of persons who inject drugs with PrEP indications reflects the relatively high percentage who report using a needle after it was used by another injector. The low percentage and high absolute number of heterosexually active adults is a reflection of the large heterosexually active U.S. population and the low rate of new HIV diagnoses in these adults. The actual risk for acquiring HIV infection for each of these transmission risk groups differs based on efficiency of transmission routes and likelihood of exposure to HIV.

See more about the research here.

December 10th, 2015|Categories: Men's Health, PrEP, Research|

Men’s Health Foundation Remembers World AIDS Day

This Tuesday, the Men’s Health Foundation attended the “EMPOWE[RED]: Getting to zero, a generation free of HIV” event at Mark Taper Auditorium, December 1, 2015. Health organizations and community members from around LA County got together to remember the history of AIDS, speak candidly about its current place in society, and look forward toward an AIDS-free generation.WAD Poster 2015V5

December 4th, 2015|Categories: Men's Health|

Upcoming Gay Men’s Health Summits

The Men’s Health Foundation is hosting the “The Long Beach Gay Men’s Health Summit 2015” on Saturday, October 17 at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Long Beach with community partners. The fun event will feature interactive breakouts, a free lunch plenary on high-impact prevention, on site PrEP enrollment, counseling and entertainment, as well as prizes.

July 10th, 2015|Categories: Health Summit, Men's Health|