5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 2

1. Steve Grasz, Trump’s nominee for federal judge for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association due to a history of anti-LGBT stances, only the third nomi...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 16

1. There's a new dating app for the LGBT community. It's called Winkd, and it works by allowing users to virtually "wink" at others who are in the same location. 2. California drag king Jean Genie must drive...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 12

1. A new independent study suggests that younger gay men, aged 18 to 40, are more likely to seek out and maintain monogamous relationships compared to generations past. One possible reason for this is the newly...
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Health & Fitness: Top 10 health concerns you should discuss with your doctor

GAY MEN

HIV/AIDS, Safe Sex That men who have sex with men are at an increased risk of HIV infection is well known, but the effectiveness of safe sex in reducing the rate of HIV infection is one of the gay community’s great success stories. However, the last few years have seen the return of many unsafe sex practices. While effective HIV treatments may be on the horizon, there is no substitute for preventing infection. Safe sex is proven to reduce the risk of receiving or transmitting HIV. All health care professionals should be aware of how to counsel and support maintenance of safe sex practices.

Substance Use Gay men use substances at a higher rate than the general population, and not just in larger communities such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These include a number of substances ranging from amyl nitrate (“poppers”), to marijuana, Ecstasy, and amphetamines. The long-term effects of many of these substances are unknown; however current wisdom suggests potentially serious consequences as we age.