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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...

Making sense of the ups and downs

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I remember the first time I thought something was very different about me. I was 9 years old, practicing my violin for an upcoming...

Seven FAQs from new gym rats

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1. Should I work out every day? Yes, with a properly constructed plan. However, working the same muscle groups every day...

Fostering recovery through kindness and compassion

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Empower healing by how we mindfully treat ourselves and others People challenged by addiction ought to think about themselves more favorably. Come again? (Did...

The healing power of finding connection when you’re lost

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There are moments in which the world seems like a dark and dangerous place. And for many among us, that feeling is very real....

Let’s Talk About Sex(ually Transmitted Infections), part 2

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Happy Pride Month, Philly. I hope everyone enjoyed the parade and festivities (and did so safely). With that in mind, let’s talk about sex,...

Let’s talk about sex(ually transmitted infections), part 1

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Spring is here. Philly Pride is less than one month away. In the next few months, local LGBTQ folks will flock to celebrations of...

On grief: A son copes with his father’s death

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On Nov. 8, 2017, my dad died. We had known he was dying — had had weeks to prepare for his death. What I...

In our own words: How to provide better trans healthcare

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Gay, lesbian or bisexual people are 10 times more likely to experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives, based on sexual orientation, as...

The forgotten epidemic

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The numbers are staggering. According to the CDC, in 2016, African Americans accounted for 44 percent of all HIV diagnoses, even though they comprise...

It’s flu season: Here’s what you need to know

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  Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus. It causes a miserable but relatively...

Struggling with substance abuse is something you don’t have to do...

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Alcohol and drug abuse is a significant problem in the LGBT community — our community. It affects LGBT individuals in higher rates than it...

Providing food to those in need is something to be thankful...

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Thanksgiving is upon us again. It is a time to be thankful for the many gifts life has to offer. Mazzoni Center’s patients and...

LGBTQ youth and the little program that helps them on their...

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Renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has provided low-cost health insurance to 9-million children for over a decade now, is in...

The journey of being on PrEP starts with you 

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After watching the last episode of “American Horror Story,” a moment during the episode stuck with me for the rest of the night. No,...

Perseverance. Strength. Power

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These three words are the theme of the 16th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. These words honor the transgender community, which continues overcoming obstacles...

Living a three-dimensional recovery  

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Something’s missing I was baffled. Was this guy serious? He just asked me if I was “having fun yet” now that I was no...

HIV/AIDS still needs our energy and attention 

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On June 27 we will mark National HIV Testing Day, a federally designated event that has been observed annually on this date since 1995....

A new home for Mazzoni Center

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As readers of PGN are aware, Mazzoni Center is currently in the midst of several major transitions. The recent departure of our longtime CEO...

Access to PrEP still excludes trans women

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the newest and most promising biomedical HIV-prevention intervention to date.  PrEP has been shown to be anywhere from 92-99-percent effective...

“Queer During Quarantine” showcases local artist

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A wistful yearning for the past pervades “Queer During Quarantine,” an online exhibit of erotic monoprints by Will Hübscher.

Ally Richman: Centered