When phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” become a part of our vernacular and are trending on social media, you know that something is up.
Many meetings, events and programs last week made last minute decisions to cancel so I’m going to take a hiatus from publishing events this week and suggest a prolonged “Netflix-n-Chill” approach while we ride out COVID-19.
Below you’ll find an easy to follow guide on how to wash your hands since that seems to be among the best ways to prevent the spread. For more information about symptoms related to Coronavirus, visit this CDC site.
Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Fenway Health is recruiting people for a new medical study called PrEP@Home that involves testing a mobile app for men on PrEP to evaluate the effectiveness while minimizing the need for in-person follow up at clinics.
FENWAY HEALTH STUDY – EARN UP TO $240
Eligible participants should be between the ages of 18 – 49, HIV negative, assigned male at birth and interested in taking PrEP. Eligible participants will be eligible to receive up to $240 for completing all study procedures.
Interested? Call 617.927.6448 or click here to learn more: PrEP@Home.
Starting earlier this month on June 4th, Boston Parks launched their annual summer fitness series. Due to past success and interest the city is expanding the program this year and will offer 30 classes per week through September 29th.
Free fitness classes take place in the morning and evenings and include a variety of options like yoga, zumba and bootcamp. All classes take place outdoors in Boston’s parks around the city. The full calendar of activities can be found here: bphc.org/summerfitness.
You can follow what is happening and get updates by following @HealthyBoston.
Few things are more important than taking care of your health and for that reason I touch upon the topic occasionally. A few years back I wrote the post, Many LGBT patients feel alienated by their health providers. A few years after my post I shared the US News & World Report article, How to Come Out to Your Doctor as an LGBT Patient, which explained why this is important: the type of preventative care you should receive – esp if you are sexually active; questions you may want to ask your doctor; and most importantly for those who are not out to their health care providers – how to start the conversation.
So when I was recently contacted by Lighthouse, a network of LGBTQ affirming health and wellness providers, I knew I’d want to share this. According to the release I received, Lighthouse is a group of NYC-based providers who have devoted our careers to caring for LGBTQ+ patients. They are currently up and running in New York City and are expanding rapidly to serve the LGBTQ+ community nationwide.
For more information you can check out their blog at blog.lighthouse.lgbt or visit their website at www.lighthouse.lgbt.
Fenway Health Men’s Event is Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 10th Fenway Health will celebrate 25 years of The Men’s Event and 1,300 gay and bisexual men, transgender people and our allies will attend this important fundraiser at the Boston Marriott Copley. This year’s Congressman Studds Award Winner is the popular, former Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick.
A chilling shift in political currents has taken place in the United States since Patrick was our governor and the LGBTQ community has gone from having a friend in the White House to a President who’s policies and actions specifically target the LGBTQ community. It is important for our community to come together and support each other which is one reason Sergio and I will be attending this year’s program. Tickets remain available for the 2018 Men’s Event on Saturday, March 10. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets visit, mensevent.org.
Much thanks to UB2 Inc for posting such a lovely video of last year’s celebration. I’ve included their YT clip below for everyone to enjoy.
Earlier this month Huffington Post Queer Voices published findings from a study of gay and bisexual men where researchers found that taking four doses of PrEP around the time of sexual activity cut the risk of being diagnosed with HIV by 97 percent.
The 361 men in the new study were enrolled from France and Canada after the completion of the IPERGAY trial. They were told to take two doses of Truvada between two and 24 hours before sex, another dose 24 hours later and a fourth dose 24 hours after that.
Taking PrEP is a personal decision and one you should discuss with your primary care physician. This is yet another example of how important it can be for sexually active gay men to have access to doctors familiar with LGBTQ health issues. Fortunately here in Boston Fenway Health and the South End Associates are two excellent medical practices gay men can access.
You can read the full article on Huffington Post here.
Chalk this up to news you can’t use but just too damn funny for me to overlook. Last week NPR reported that the North Texas company, Bestherbs Coffee LLC, is voluntarily recalling their product from grocery stores after the FDA discovered their instant coffee contained a similar ingredient found in Viagra that could potentially give men spontaneous, hours-long erections.
For more information about the recall visit the FDA page here.