What the Different Types of Mental Health Practitioners Mean for You

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] There are a lot of details to bear in mind when selecting a mental health professional. That having been said, most of us usually don't think clearly while we're suffering from a good deal of emotional discomfort, making it difficult to know what things to ask a prospective therapist. LGBT Healthcare and Resources Although the most crucial determinant of helpful therapy is your rapport with your therapist, a counselor's training and education can make a difference. Confirming a Psychotherapist's Qualifications Psychotherapists' educational certifications vary greatly and the licenses, education, and training a therapist has acquired can be an essential factor when selecting a mental health professional. The following are a number of the more common varieties of mental health providers and what their…
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You Go First: Why It’s Hard To Start Seeing A Therapist

You Go First: Why It’s Hard To Start Seeing A Therapist

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We all have had personal experience with either being reluctant to go see a therapist ourselves, or living with the frustration involved when someone we love drags his or her feet at the prospect of "getting some help," as we like to say. What makes it so painfully difficult to reach out for counseling? Bad information is often involved. I'd like to address some widespread myths that get in the way: MYTH: Therapy doesn't do anything that a chat with my best friend couldn't do, so why bother? TRUTH: While friendships are important for everyone, they are not the same as therapy. Therapy is designed to help you see what it is not possible for you to see about yourself, in an objective and caring environment in which you don't…
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Lyon-Martin Health Services Announces Plan to Close Clinic

Lyon-Martin Health Services Announces Plan to Close Clinic

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Lyon-Martin Health Services Announces Plan to Close Clinic SAN FRANCISCO- January 25th, 2011- After over 30 years of providing compassionate, respectful health care to women and transgender people, Lyon-Martin Health Services will be closing its doors. The Lyon-Martin Board of Directors announced today that it has become financially impossible to continue operating, and has made the difficult decision to initiate a plan to transfer patient care and close the clinic.  “This is truly a sad day for San Francisco. We are losing an independent community clinic that made comprehensive health services available to many people that may otherwise have nowhere else to turn,” said Lyon-Martin’s Board President, Lauren Winter. In recent months, Lyon-Martin made painful and drastic cuts in its staffing and budget in order to keep the clinic operating.…
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97-Pound Weakling

97-Pound Weakling

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Image by Franco Folini via Flickr The 97-Pound Weakling When we consider the icons of American maleness – several images come to mind: the cowboy, the soldier and the sports hero.  Clearly, when considering body image – the athlete represents the definition of the ultimate male specimen. Our current muscular ideal harkens back to a 1928 advertisement found in the back of pulp fiction publications: primarily comic books and those that featured “true crime” stories.   The “97-pound weakling” advertisement that was made infamous by Charles Atlas was built around a phrase he coined that became an enduring metaphor for puniness and humiliation.  The ad itself promised a better physique in just 7 days. The premise was supposedly based on an encounter that Mr. Atlas himself had experienced while he was…
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Lesbian Health Needs You!

Lesbian Health Needs You!

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The Lesbian Health & Research Center at UCSF has accomplished some extraordinary goals this year to advance the health of our community: Hosted a symposium and book party to celebrate the publication of the first textbook for clinicians (and patients!) on Lesbian Health:  Lesbian Health 101:  A Clinician’s Guide, edited by LHRC Founding Directors Suzanne L. Dibble, RN, DNSc and Patricia A. Robertson, MD and published by the UCSF Nursing Press:  http://nurseweb.ucsf.edu/public/npress/ord-lh.html Enhanced the only web-based portal for expert, confidential LBT health care advice, entitled  “Ask Us”, which is available on our new website: www.lesbianhealth.org Co-founded and now serving on the Steering Committee for the California LGBT Health & Human Services Network, comprised of more than 45 community and academic organizations Continued as a core leader developing a national LGBT Health…
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HIV Testing May Soon Be A Standard Healthcare Test

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Many medical experts say that there are not many better ways to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections than to make STD testing and HIV testing more easily available.  Consequently, several groups are calling on state officials to make the process easier to access for everyone. American Academy of HIV Medicine members, for example, recently called on Pennsylvania lawmakers to garner support for a bill that would make HIV testing a part of everyone's normal health-care.  If passed, the law would remove regulations that require doctors to obtain a separate written consent form and give patients pre-test counseling. "Early treatment equals prevention," said Mary van den Berg-Wolf, the Pennsylvania Academy's chair of their steering committee.  "By making testing for HIV disease less cumbersome, we will be able to identify more positive patients earlier, which leads to better…
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What if it Were You?

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"What if it Were You?" Featured in A&U Magazine HIVictorious is extremely grateful to A&U Magazine for featuring our youth HIV/AIDS poster contest. We're looking forward to kicking off round 4 on October 25th and 27th. A big thanks to Memorial and Edgewood high schools for participating again. We'll keep you updated here and on our fan page. You can also check in with the website at: www.whatifitwereyou.org Thanks for taking the time to read and we hope you'll visit the site too. Peace and love, ~ Bob HIVictorious, Inc. strives to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin and throughout the United States through education, advocacy, and community mobilization. Youth HIV/AIDS educator, Bob Bowers, brings passion, humor, as well as a wealth of knowledge and life experience in living…
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Latino AIDS Awareness Day

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Oct. 15th National Latino AIDS Awareness Day The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations organize this day. Find NLAAD resources at https://www.aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/latino/, including posters, graphics, PSAs and themed materials. Press Conference & Town Hall Wednesday, October 13 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm LGBT Center: Ceremonial Room 1800 Market St., SF CA Join AGUILAS and Partners Regarding the lack of funding by CDC for Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Latin@s & HIV Nationally Speakers include: Senator Mark Leno Assemblymen Tom Ammiano Supervisor David Campos Supervisor Bevan Dufty Mayors Office Herb K. Schultz, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Special Guest Michael Nava & William Hernandez Persecuted gay rights activist and leader from El Salvador Press conference will begin at 6 PM followed by a town hall meeting to discuss…
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HIV Testing Now Available Sooner

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In an effort to reduce the number of individuals who are unaware that they are infected with HIV, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a new HIV testing method that is capable of detecting infections days earlier than previous tests. Instead of looking for the antibodies produced by HIV, these new testing methods look for HIV antigens - proteins that are produced by the virus.  Most current HIV tests look for antibodies to determine if an infection is present, but those antibodies can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days to appear according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Says Peter Leone, director of North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Control Branch. "A significant percentage of new HIV infections are transmitted by someone with an…
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Sharing Sex Toys

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Sharing Sex Toys The general rule is simply don’t.  There is a risk of transmitting STD’s.  And while a little soap and water will go along way, we just don’t know how effective that is against Hep C.  So don’t! If you are going to share, throw a condom on it.  Plus, it makes clean up easier. As far as cleaning goes  – There are other types commercial cleaners on the market some of which work especially well on silicone based toys, which are pretty hearty and clean up fine and some that will work on a wide assortment of toys. The quickest and easiest way to clean them is simply to cover them with a condom, makes clean up a cinch. The washing will remove or kill most common…
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