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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.
Federal Employee Health Plans Can Now Include Transition-Related Health Care

Transgender Federal Employees Get Good News

Federal Employee Health Benefits insurers will no longer be forced to exclude transition-related healthcare, but not all advocates are pleased.

STUDY: Smartphone Hookup App Users More Likely To Contract Sexually Transmitted Infections

STUDY: Smartphone Hookup App Users More Likely to Contract STIs 

A recent study from the Los Angeles LGBT Center finds that gay and bisexual men who use smartphone hookup apps are more like to contract certain sexually transmitted infections.

American Medical Association Calls for Updated Gender Change Requirements

AMA Eases Gender Change Requirements

The American Medical Association follows in the steps of the World Health Organization, making it easier for transgender people to obtain accurate identification.

Washington Times Editorial Spreads Slurs, Lies, on Medicare's Trans Coverage

Wash. Times Editorial Spreads Slurs, Lies, on Medicare's Trans Coverage

An editorial for the right-wing Washington Times claims that Medicare's new willingness to cover transgender-related health care will lead to taxpayer-funded 'tranny grannies.'

World Health Org. Calls for Removal of Surgical Requirements for Legal Gender Change

WHO: Remove Surgical Requirements for Legal Gender Change

The World Health Organization released a detailed report urging national and local governing bodies to remove surgical requirements for legal gender recognition.

HHS Lifts Medicare Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries

HHS Lifts Medicare Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will begin offering transition-related healthcare coverage to transgender Medicare beneficiaries.

Canadian Blood Donor Turned Away Due to Trans Identity

Canadian Blood Donor Turned Away Due to Trans Identity

While trans people in the U.S. are routinely rejected as blood donors, one Canadian trans woman has found herself on the receiving end of the same discriminatory treatment north of the border.

Op-ed: Married Couples, Healthy Lives

Op-ed: An Unexpected Benefit of A Decade of Marriage Equality

One unexpected benefit of a decade of marriage equality? Improved health.

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