American Journal of Public Health devotes issue to LGBT health
The June edition of the American Journal of Public Health is devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health issues, marking the second time in two years the journal has focused on gay health. Much of the issue is devoted to HIV/AIDS issues. Editor in chief Mary Northridge writes in an introduction to the June issue that the journal is "dedicated to addressing the breadth of HIV/AIDS issues--from health and human rights and international financing of treatment to domestic programs centered around needle exchange and violence prevention." She added that the journal's examination of gay health issues is consistent with the publication's goal of "focusing on the particular needs of vulnerable communities and why public health approaches have remained stubbornly ineffective in marginalized populations."
The issue also includes opinion pieces titled "When Plagues Don't End," focusing on the continued spread of HIV among men who have sex with men, and "Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and the HIV Epidemic: Next Steps for Public Health," which examines the alarming rise in new infection rates among minority gay and bisexual men.