Advocate Magazine
Subscribe To
The Advocate


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.

company Gilead Sciences on Tuesday announced that a second
attempt to combine its combination anti-HIV medication
Truvada with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s
Sustiva—which would result in a single-pill,
once-daily HIV treatment—has failed. A first attempt
in April at combining the medications also was
unsuccessful. Gilead announced that the second
formulation of the drugs did not achieve the same

12:00 AM

Officials from 26
drug companies and 11 Latin American countries have
reached an agreement that will slash the price of anti-HIV
drugs in the region by as much as 66%, Inter Press
Service reports. The price cuts will remain effective
for two years, according to the agreement. The
agreement will reduce the cost of antiretroviral therapy in
Bolivia by 45%, in Uruguay by 48%, in Ecuador by 52%,

12:00 AM

A new survey by
the HIV Vaccine Communications Campaign, part of the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shows
that while most Americans believe HIV vaccines are the
best hope for ending the AIDS pandemic, they
wouldn’t consider participating in an HIV vaccine
trial or encourage family members or friends to do so.
Reporting in the online edition of the Journal of

August 10 2005 12:00 AM

Despite a study
presented last month at the Third International AIDS
Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment in Rio
de Janeiro showing that male circumcision can reduce
HIV infection rates among sexually active men by up to
70%, activists—who call themselves
“intactivists”—are lobbying the United
Nations to declare the procedure a human rights
violation, Religion News Services reports.

August 10 2005 12:00 AM

journalists attending the National Association of Black
Journalists conference last week say the media has unfairly
covered the "down low" phenomenon—in which men
have sex with both men and women but don’t tell
their female sex partners about their male
relationships—making it seem like black men are far
more likely to do so than men of other ethnic groups,
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

August 10 2005 12:00 AM

A July 4 concert
by pop star Elton John in Philadelphia that was expected
to raise $1 million for John’s AIDS foundation and up
to $1 million for local AIDS groups could bring in
almost no money for the Philadelphia organizations, The
Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Philadelphia Gay
publisher Mark Segal, who organized the
concert, had hoped it would generate a large amount of

August 09 2005 12:00 AM

Lawmakers in San
Mateo County, Calif., have approved a resolution that
will allow pharmacies in the county to sell up to 10
hypodermic needles to buyers without a prescription,
the San Mateo County Times reports. The measure
will allow pharmacists that wish to participate in the
needle-sale program to legally sell needles through
the end of 2010; it will not require county pharmacies to

August 09 2005 12:00 AM