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27 June

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Do you know your status?

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

Eliminating the stigma begins with knowing your status. By Barrett White   Today, health care providers throughout the nation are highlighting the importance of HIV prevention and the end of HIV stigma. On average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are nearly 40,000 new HIV transmissions every year, with the highest rates…

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18 June

Build Your Body: Legacy’s Felicia Lee-Sexton on Building Confidence

Category: Adult Primary Care, Advocacy, Exercise, LGBT, Uncategorized

People living with HIV may find it difficult to keep muscle mass. Transgender individuals often look to build a physique to match their gender. Enter Legacy’s Body Positive program. By Barrett White   For those living with HIV and struggling with wasting, or those in transition who are looking to form their bodies to match…

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12 June

Houston and Beaumont Celebrate 50 Years of the Modern LGBTQ Movement

Category: Advocacy, Community Engagement, LGBT, Public Affairs

It’s been 50 years since the birth of the modern LGBTQ liberation movement. How two cities—one that has celebrated Pride for five years, and one for over forty—are showing up for equality. By Barrett White   Incredibly, it’s been 50 years since the modern movement toward LGBTQ rights was kicked off at the Stonewall Inn…

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04 June

Honoring the community on National Long-Term Survivors Day

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

June 5 is National Long-Term Survivors Day. Many of those who survived the height of the AIDS crisis are aging, and what that can mean for HIV treatment. By Barrett White   When the virus first struck the United States, it was considered fatal. Just before the crisis began, Montrose Clinic—what Legacy was known as…

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17 May

What is the Banyan Tree Project?

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Health

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. By Barrett White   In 2005, we celebrated the first Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day. The effort was spearheaded by a group in California, API Wellness. The faces of the AIDS crisis were predominantly White gay men, and presently, the most at-risk…

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09 April

The 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference: What We Learned, Part 2

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Affairs, Public Health

On day two of the conference, experts in their fields debated the cost-effectiveness of PrEP. How did they come to their conclusions, and how can states leverage that cost without the patients paying the price?   By Barrett White According to the CDC’s website, PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication regimen that “when taken…

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21 March

Lack of affordable housing hurting health of Texas children

Category: Advocacy, Health News

By Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle Reporter A majority of poor children in Texas live in families where more than half of the household income goes to housing, straining budgets and creating a ripple effect that ultimately damages their health, a new national study found. This often unseen poverty has far-reaching and interconnected consequences as families…

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08 January

The Texas Legislature is now open for official business

Category: Advocacy, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Public Affairs

By Barrett White   Both inside and outside the halls of government, Legacy’s public affairs practice moves public policy at the state and federal levels to improve the lives of the patients and communities we serve. Today marks the beginning of the 86th Texas legislature—this session, Legacy will be tackling topics at the state and…

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04 January

Your Favorite Legacy Stories

Category: Adult Primary Care, Advocacy, Behavioral Health Services, HIV/STD Screening & Treatment, LGBT, Mental Health Mondays, Public Affairs

By Barrett White   Each week, Legacy brings you health news, tips, and patient stories. Now that we’re a week into 2019, we took a look back on what you enjoyed the most based on your likes, shares, click-throughs, and comments. Here are a few of your favorite stories from 2018. 1. Seven Ways to…

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14 December

Have You Enrolled in Marketplace Insurance for 2019? Deadline is tomorrow (Saturday)

Category: Advocacy, Public Affairs, Public Health

By Barrett White Have you signed up for health insurance for 2019 through the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) yet? December 15 is the last day to enroll in a health care plan on the marketplace.   Marketplace insurance is for those who don’t already have insurance through their employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or the Children’s Health…

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