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Get your vaccines, wear a mask, and take care of yourself

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Last winter, Covid-19 infections spiked in Philadelphia, with around 3,000 new cases per day on average (and that’s not counting people who didn’t report...

As Long Covid cases rise, so do costs

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The U.S. continues to reassess Covid-19 and address it as a long-term problem rather than a public health crisis, even suspending the free testing...

Long COVID: The Other Pandemic — Part 3

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In the summer of 2020, Tariq Scott was in the streets of Philadelphia protesting the killing of George Floyd. The winter and spring had...

Long COVID: The Other Pandemic – Part 2

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This the second installment of a three part series. Since the end of 2019, when COVID-19 was first designated a pandemic by the World Health...

Long COVID: The Other Pandemic

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This is part one of a three part series. Masks came off a few weeks ago: a harbinger of Spring. On February 25, the Centers...

Women lost all the jobs in December

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In the December monthly jobs report from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it was revealed that the US lost 140,000 jobs...

Philly’s LGBTQ health orgs endure amid pandemic

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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, at least 105-thousand healthcare personnel have been infected with COVID-19 and over 500 have died,...

Masks Are The New Condoms

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During the last four months of this pandemic I’ve been doing a daily livestream on Facebook. Every day I say the same thing: “We're...

As Pennsylvania reopens, nursing home residents remain vulnerable

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Even before the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Pennsylvania, health officials warned of the elevated risk that the virus would pose to...

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs defends Dr. Rachel Levine

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The  Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs recently issued a statement defending Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s highest-ranking transgender official. About 25 Republican state legislators...

Out Philadelphia Democrats call out COVID threat at State House

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Rep. Brian Sims and Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta have called out a COVID-19 threat posed by a Republican legislator who tested positive for the virus...

Why the LGBTQ community is vulnerable to the coronavirus

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Imagine the fear of being in a subset of the population that is more susceptible to the harmful effects of COVID-19 for a variety...

Philadelphia FIGHT presents virtual conference, Y-HEP re-opens

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Philadelphia FIGHT has been working to provide outreach and care to the HIV/AIDS community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At press time, the number of...

Public health must come first

Every day, we hear new numbers. One day, it is 314. The next day, it is 224. Every number is a real person —...

A step toward equity for Philly’s trans and nonbinary students

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Last week, the Philadelphia School District announced that nonbinary and transgender students would now be able to make system-wide name and pronouns changes on...

ACT UP demands new policies for Philadelphia’s COVID-19 housing crisis

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Last week, ACT UP in conjunction Black and Brown Worker’s Collective (BBWC), the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI), Put People First! PA,...

Pennsylvania becomes trailblazer in LGBTQ data collection

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This morning, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Health will include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on case history investigations after...

City and IBX launch mental health initiative in response to COVID-19

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“Amid the heightened uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental well-being is more important than ever,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. COVID-19 induced stress is compounded...

Mazzoni Center secures $50,000 grant from PHL COVID-19 Fund

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“I wanted to share some good news,” wrote the Mazzoni Center’s Director of Communications Larry Benjamin. Last week, the Mazzoni Center — an institution...

Trans care, trans rights and COVID-19

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I'll admit, as I write this, I am quite out of sorts. Last week, a friend of mine died due to complications of COVID-19....

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