Posts Tagged ‘LGBT’

New Podcast Episode: Condoms

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

HVCS’ Peer Health Alliance or PHA podcast is fun, open conversation about reducing the risk of sexually transmitted infections and overall sexual health tips for young men ages 13-29 in the LGBTQ community and anyone who wants to know more about staying safe when it comes to sex.

In this episode Steph, Naomi & Andy talk about condoms, condom flavors, lube and more.

Subscribe and listen to more episodes on Spotify, iTunes, your favorite podcast app, or the web.

HVCS’ New Podcast: Peer Health Alliance talks about S…E…X!

Friday, January 31st, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Peer Health Alliance has a new podcast all about safer sex, hooking up, and all sorts of fun topics.

“Parents Just Don’t Understand”…that’s why talking about sexual health with a PHA peer is so important. In this episode we talk about HVCS’ Peer Health Alliance or PHA program and what a “peer” is. Learn why it is important to get your difficult sexual health questions answered by someone like you, that gets you and has the training and resources to you need. There are some conversations you don’t want to have with even the coolest of moms!

Find more episodes here or listen on Spotify! and iTunes (other podcast platforms coming soon).

Drag Brunch 2018: Trixie Strikes Back

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Drag Brunch 2018

It’s time once again for delicious brunch food, mimosas, drag performers and Match Game! Liz, Dirk and the staff of Gunk Haus in Clintondale invite you to the 2018 Drag Brunch, a fundraiser for Hudson Valley Community Services. Hostess Trixie Starr is sure to sweeten the deal with the always-fun games and spicy banter. Local superstars including JoJo Gerard, Boxxa Vine and Valkyrie Hail will perform classic favorites and pop hits that will get you grooving to music by Superior Sounds. Plus, don your best gender-bending outfit and vie for the Best Audience Member Outfit prize and enter to win great prizes.

Tickets are $30 each and include choice of brunch entree, coffee, tea and juices–plus a donation to HVCS.

Get your tickets today via Eventbrite or Facebook!

Service Providers: Join Your Colleagues for “Health Cares” an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Conference

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Several Dutchess County providers are banding together to present “Health Cares: A Conference for Providers” on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm at Vassar College. The conference will focus on the LGBTQ+ community and access to healthcare.

The keynote speaker will be Yonah EtShalom, a nurse practitioner. They are the founding program director for Transgender Health Services and they have long been an advocate for transgender health issues and public health education programs. The conference will also cover cultural competency,  trans experiences in healthcare, intimate partner violence, and barriers to health care.

There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required: contact Emily Berkowitz at: emilyb@gracesmithhouse.org, or register online at: www.tinyurl.com/HealthCaresDC.

The conference will be held in Ely Hall-Aula at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie.

SUNY New Paltz Drag Club Presents “Testing All Queens!” on Dec 3

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Testing All Queens 2016SUNY New Paltz’ Queens & Kings of New Paltz, an on-campus drag club, presents the 2nd Annual “Testing All Queens!” drag show fundraiser on Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Student Union Building. This outrageously fun holiday-themed event features performances by future drag all-stars, dinner by Pasquale’s, DJ music by Dangerboy, and a guest speaker from Love Heals. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students, all to benefit HVCS. Our Project INFORM team will be on hand with sexual health info, condoms, lube and other goodies, too.

Last year’s event was a ton of fun, and we were so inspired by these talented drag kings and queens that we wound up hiring them for our other drag events later in the year! This is one event you don’t want to miss!

 

NYS Dept of Health Debuts New PrEP Website & Video Series

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The AIDS Institute announced two new exciting resources on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV.

PrEP for Sex Video Series

This series of eight videos highlights the voices of men who are currently taking PrEP to prevent HIV infection.

Honest, forthright and insightful, these videos address the following topics:

  • Is PrEP Right for Me
  • Beginning the Process
  • Affordability
  • Remembering to Take PrEP
  • Condom Use
  • Why PrEP
  • Side Effects
  • PrEP and Emotions

PrEP Website

The AIDS Institute also unveiled a new website to unite the video series and public service announcements: PrEPforSex.org.

There is also a new text-message campaign. Users can text the word “PREP” to 69866 for personalized PrEP recommendations and resources.

NYS Issues Urgent Warning About Syphilis

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Infectious syphilis is increasing in New York State, with a 13% increase in New York City and a 44% increase in upstate New York between 2013 and 2014. In many areas, the number of cases has more than doubled in this period. The highest burden of cases is seen in New York City and surrounding counties (which would include the Hudson Valley). Cases are mainly among males, especially gay men and men who have sex with men.

We encourage everyone to be aware of the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of syphilis. Having unprotected sex, multiple sex partners, or a new sex partner can all increase the risk of syphilis infection, as well as other STI’s and HIV.To learn more about syphilis, visit our RPI team or http://bit.ly/NYSDOHSyph. Call (845) 471-0707 x12 to schedule a test, or stop in at one of our testing events. You can also check out the basics on our website.

 

Transgender People Less Likely to Have Healthcare

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Henry K. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an intriguing issue brief on LGBT healthcare entitled “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” The report is chock-full of fascinating statistics from a variety of recent studies. Check out the full report for sources.

While lesbian, gay, and bisexual  individuals have higher rates of unmet medical needs and are less likely to have a regular provider compared to heterosexual people, transgendered people have it far worse.

  • 48% of transgender people have postponed or went without medical care due to not having enough financial resources.
  • 39% of transgender people have experienced some type of harassment or discrimination when seeking health care.

Transgender people also face higher poverty levels, have higher suicide rates, and huge disparities in HIV/AIDS and STI infection rates.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues Among LGBT Populations

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The Henry K. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an intriguing issue brief on LGBT healthcare entitled “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” The report is chock-full of fascinating statistics from a variety of recent studies. Check out the full report for sources.

The issue brief explored access to mental health services and rates of substance abuse among the LGBT population in the United States.

  • 25% of LGBT people abuse alcohol, compared to 5-10% of the heterosexual population.
  • MSM (men who have sex with men) are 12 times more likely to use amphetamines.
  • MSM are 10 times more likely to use heroin.
  • 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide.

In “News We Already Know,” MSM Have Disproportionate HIV and STI Infection Rates

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Henry K. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an intriguing issue brief on LGBT healthcare entitled “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” The report is chock-full of fascinating statistics from a variety of recent studies. Check out the full report for sources.

 

As we’ve known and talked about for a long time, the report summarized the huge disparities in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases between the MSM (men who have sex with men) population and the US population.

  • 56% of all US citizens living with HIV are among MSM.
  • 66% of new HIV infections are among MSM.
    • Keep in mind that MSM make up only 2-3% of the entire US population.
  • Black MSM accounted for 36% of new HIV infections in 2010.
  • MSM account for 72% of new syphilis cases.
  • MSM account for 15-25% of new Hepatitis B cases.
  • MSM are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.