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Discover the Health section of The Advocate, where readers can find the latest news on medicine, fitness, mental and physical wellbeing, scientific developments, and diseases that affect the LGBT community. Read the most recent on gay health, AIDS and HIV news, pregnancy and sex from experts like doctors and researchers. Learn about news related to health insurance, statistics, changing laws and government policy, and tools that can be used in preventing and curing illnesses in the United States and beyond.
Turned Away for Being Transgender, Seattle Woman Sues Blood Bank

Turned Away for Being Trans, Seattle Woman Sues Blood Bank

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration still categorizes transgender women as 'men who have sex with men,' meaning they're considered 'higher risk' in formal recommendations to blood banks.

Federal Gov: Health Insurers Can't Deny Transgender Patients Preventive Care

Feds: No, Insurers Can't Deny Care to Trans Patients

Preventive screenings and treatments should be based on body parts, not gender identity, say trans advocates — and the federal government agrees.

How PrEP Is Being Blocked By Bureaucracy

How PrEP Is Being Blocked By Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy and deliberate attempts to block prevention techniques are slowing down Los Angeles’s ability to disseminate PrEP.

WATCH: Elton John’s Powerful Message: ‘This Congress Can End AIDS’

WATCH: Elton John’s Powerful Message: ‘This Congress Can End AIDS’

Elton John headlines a panel of experts on HIV and AIDS to appeal for funding to finally end this scourge.

Op-ed: An HIV Guidebook for the Newly Diagnosed Is Long Overdue

Op-ed: Finally, an HIV Guidebook for the Newly Diagnosed

Discovering he was HIV-positive was terrifying to this writer, but he says it no longer has to be that way.

Trans Hawaiians Will No Longer Need to 'Prove' Their Surgeries to Change Birth Certificate

Trans Hawaiians Can Now More Easily Update Their Birth Certificate

Easing requirements for updating legal identification has wide-ranging positive effects for trans people, in aspects of life such as housing and mental health, say advocates.

EU Court Tiptoes Around France's Gay Blood Ban

EU Court Tiptoes Around France's Gay Blood Ban

The European Union's highest court refuses to strike down France's lifetime ban on gay and bi blood donors.

Are You Aging Too Quickly?

Lack of Competent Providers Leaves Many LGBTs Uninsured & Untreated

Lack of Competent Providers Leaves Many LGBTs Uninsured & Untreated

Many LGBT people are either uninsured or delay seeking medical treatment, and the reason is simple: a lack of LGBT-friendly health care providers.

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