How is HIV Transmitted?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was established to be the cause of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in 1983. Ever since then, a lot of research has been conducted and a great deal of information has been generated regarding the ways HIV can be transmitted from one person to another.
The problem with much of the information about HIV transmission, especially on the World Wide Web, is that it speaks in very general terms. All too often, there is a lot of conflicting information as well. For example, some sources refer to oral sex as “risky,” whereas others say “low risk” or “no risk.” This can be very frustrating and it also leads to the spread of misinformation about the transmission of HIV.
HIV infection – and HIV testing – is a medical issue. We have developed this lesson to provide straightforward and accurate information regarding HIV transmission. However, it is important to stress that this lesson – and other sources of HIV information on the World Wide Web – should not be consulted as an alternative to medical care and testing. If you fear that you have been exposed to HIV – regardless of how low the perceived risk and no matter how much information you find on the World Wide Web – you need to get in touch with your healthcare provider or an HIV testing center.
GMHC: Gay Men’s Health Crisis
National Association of People with AIDS
National Minority AIDS Council
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
Positive Health Program of UCSF
Positive Resource Center
10 Tips for Better Health
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Talking to your doctor as a Big Man . . .
My doctor thinks I’m fat, I like to think I am big boned
Health professionals exhibited a significant pro-thin, anti-fat implicit bias . . .
Online support and chat for diabetes, HIV, substance abuse, etc.
A Support Group for Gay, Bi and Trans Men who identify as Bears, Chubs, cubs or similar like individuals, who also are Clean and Sober, or who support others in their recovery.
Find a LGBT-friendly doctor in your area!
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) is a professional organization of psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, and medical students which serves as a voice for the concerns of lesbians and gay men within the psychiatric community.
Freedom Rings: The LGBT Addiction Recovery Project: Freedom Rings is an award-winning LGBT program located in Jacksonville, Florida. We offer expert drug and alcohol treatment for the LGBT community. Our medical and clinical staff has been trained to treat the specific issues of addiction in the LGBT community. Freedom Rings is a program of Lakeview Health Systems, which has more than a decade of experience providing treatment for substance abuse. We specialize in helping LGBT addicts resolve underlying issues that contribute to addiction, decreasing the need to self-medicate. We are located in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, and offer many natural areas as a beautiful backdrop to your recovery. Contact us to find out how to enter our program today.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to end homophobia in healthcare. They offer referrals to GLBT doctors and heath care providers. Call (415) 255-4547 or visit their website.
Health and wellness site dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered men and women staffed by professionals from within our own community.
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network
A constituent group of the American Society on Aging, LGAIN brings together professionals nationwide who work with LGBT elders. The group’s home page offers an array of resources on LGBT aging, including an extensive directory of websites with a section on health-related sites; a recommended resources list; and selected articles.
National Council Against Health Fraud
Identifies what to look for in diet scams
“Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions” A member of Consumer Federation of America, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
Trans Health Conference
The LGBT Health, Education and Research Trust
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health, Education and Research Trust (LGBT HEART) distinguishes itself from other organizations by being the only organization to offer support on a national level to cultivate future clinicians and leaders in LGBT health care.
• Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
• Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights
• Southern California Lambda Medical Association
• Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists
• International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
• Gaylesta: GLBT Psychotherapists Association of the Bay Area
• LGB Health Science Librarians
• National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals
• American Psychological Association Division 44: The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues
• Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues in Counseling
• Alternative Modalities: Organization of Gay & Lesbian Physical Therapy Professionals
• National Association of Lesbian & Gay Addiction Professionals
• American Public Health Association LGBT Caucus
• Iranian Gay & Lesbian Healthcare Providers
LGBT Aging Project
A Boston group that provides cultural competency trainings
Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Acupuncture, etc.
Resources, clinical trials and such including knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
Diabetes Info & Resources
High Blood Pressure Info & Resources
LGBT Health Info
• National LGBT Health Coalition
• Healthy LGB Students Project (American Psychological Association)
• Healthy People 2010 Companion Document on LGBT Health
• GLBT Health Webpages (King County, WA)
• SAMHSA/NCADI LGBT health site
• GLBT Health Access Project (Massachusetts)
Health Care Providers
• Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (NYC)
• Chase Brexton Clinic (Baltimore)
• Fenway Community Health (Boston)
• Howard Brown Health Center (Chicago)
• L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
• Whitman-Walker Clinic (D.C.)
Gay Men’s Resources