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Outreach Efforts Pro LGBTT Health During 2013 Puerto Rico Pride Festivities

Posted by infosalud on June 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Juan Carlos Vega, blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Tobacco Control Networks

For months, Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTT Health member, Ericka Florenciani, has been pushing her colleagues at the Medical Science Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to integrate their research interests pro LGBTT health along with community ones. Last Thursday, Medical Science Campus Professor, Keyla Garcia joined community efforts and asked our support for her research. During the meeting, Alliance members filled out a two-page survey, provided feedback, and made the commitment to distribute the survey during LGBTT Pride events in Puerto Rico this month of June.

 

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Community groups marched down Condado with signs stating that “discrimination is preventable and equity is inevitable” during San Juan Pride Parade festivities.

ImageLast Sunday, we were in San Juan. At 11:45AM, volunteer members met at Parque del Indio a few blocks from the beach to prepare for the outreach. We got pens, blank surveys, Lambda Legal bags to carry Puerto Rico Department of Health Tobacco Control Program condoms, and some instructions. For about two hours we marched with other community groups down Ashford Avenue in Condado distributing condoms to stop smoking, getting people to fill out our health survey, and talking to folks about the importance of healthy LGBTT communities. We got many reactions from people, many learning experiences for all! We finally made it to Escambrón Park for the Pride Festival where we continued to distribute the surveys and “stop smoking condoms” until after 4:00PM. We will be posting preliminary survey results in our website at www.saludlgbtta.org as soon as they are available.

 

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The beautiful Escambrón beach in San Juan served as the background for the LGBTT Pride Festival last Sunday in Puerto Rico.

See you in Boquerón Pride, in the southwestern tip of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, for the next round of surveys and outreach pro healthy LGBTT communities. If you want to volunteer your time while there, contact us via SaludLGBTT@gmail.com or find the Alliance in Facebook. It is tons of fun, you meet great people, and learn a lot about LGBTT health. Equality for all! Thanks to the awesome volunteers!

 

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Volunteers Ericka Florencianni, Keyla García, Sammy Arus, Ricky Ramírez, Hugo Acosta, and Fernando Sosa arrive to Escambrón Park during San Juan 2013 Pride Festival.

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Volunteers Fernando Sosa, Luis Bonett, Juan Carlos Vega, Hugo Acosta, Ericka Florencianni, and Keyla García at Escambrón Park during San Juan 2013 Pride Festival.

University of Puerto Rico undergraduate students discuss LGBTT health issues / Estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico discuten asuntos de salud en las comunidades LGBTT

Posted by infosalud on May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted on May 13, 2013 by ActivistLibrarianPR

 

By Juan Carlos Vega, blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Tobacco Control Networks

Estudiantes de bachillerato del curso de BIOL 4990Introducción a la Investigación planificaron, presentaron e invitaron a sus compañeros y amistades a participar de su proyecto final de curso titulado Foro Juvenil de Salud Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero y Transexual (LGBTT). Con una asistencia de sobre 125 personas, en su mayoría estudiantes, el Auditorio de la Escuela de Ciencia Naturales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) en Río Piedras se convirtió en un espacio seguro y saludable para discutir las realidades, necesidades y vicisitudes que viven las comunidades LGBTT para recibir servicios de salud. Luego de escuchar a cinco estudiantes del curso presentar estadísticas sobre la salud de las ­­comunidades LGBTT, discutir la importancia de las prácticas basadas en evidencia científica, mostrar la falta de servicios de salud que reciben las comunidades trans y hablar de los determinantes sociales y ambientales que afectan el acceso a servicios, el auditorio se convirtió en un foro donde jóvenes universitarios, gay y straight, preguntaban e indagaban sobre las realidades, alternativas y prioridades para resolver esta inequidad en salud.  Miembros de la Alianza Ciudadana en Pro de la Salud Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero, Transsexual y Aliados (ACPS-LGBTTA), representando las diversidades en el acrónimo LGBTTA, se sentaron en panel para contestar interrogantes de la audiencia sobre la importancia del apoyo legal para promover justicia, la necesidad de servicios y grupos de apoyo específicos para comunidades LGBTT, la inclusión de las perspectivas de identidad de genero y orientación sexual en políticas públicas, al igual que el significado de intersexualidad. Fascinantes las preguntas. Y hasta Ricky Martin cogió su mención! Leer más

 


 

 

LESBIANS AND BISEXUAL WOMEN LAG BEHIND IN RECEIVING ADEQUATE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Posted by infosalud on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted on May 2, 2013 by The Network for LGBT Health Equity

Sarah Peitzmeier, MSPH

Clinical data specialist 

Fenway Institute

LESBIANS AND BISEXUAL WOMEN LAG BEHIND HETEROSEXUAL WOMEN IN RECEIVING ADEQUATE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING, DESPITE BEING EQUALLY AT RISK FOR CERVICAL CANCER 

Lesbians and bisexual women are as likely as heterosexual women to develop cervical cancer, but are up to 10 times less likely to be regularly screened for it, putting them at greater risk of the potentially deadly disease, according to a policy brief released by The Fenway Institute. This disparity is due to a misconception that sexual minority women are not at risk for cervical cancer as well as their broader marginalization in the health care system.

Yearly, over 12,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 4,000 die from the disease. The majority of cervical cancers in the US occur among women who have never been screened or who were not screened within the past five or more years. This is bad news for lesbians and bisexual women, who are less likely to undergo routine screening for cervical cancer. The vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by a human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, and many sexual minority women – and their healthcare providers – are under the misperception that HPV cannot be passed between women during sex. In fact, because HPV passes through skin-to-skin genital, as well as potentially through oral-vaginal and digital-vaginal contact, even women who exclusively have sex with women are at risk for contracting the virus, and by extension, cervical cancer. Multiple studies have shown that lesbians and bisexual women are just as likely as heterosexual women to have HPV and cervical abnormalities that could potentially lead to cancer if unchecked.

Current guidelines recommend that screening start for all women at age 21, regardless of HPV vaccination or age of sexual debut, and continue every three years until age 29; the screening interval may be lengthened to every five years for women ages 30-65 if HPV co-testing is done in addition to the Pap test.  Women with a history of a prior abnormal Pap test or who are immune compromised (e.g. by HIV) should be screened yearly.

The brief concludes with a set of policy recommendations, including:

  • Promote routine cervical cancer screening for lesbians and bisexual women through patient in-reach and community outreach with sexual minority-specific messaging, wording, and peer education;
  • Increase training for clinicians in the reproductive health needs of sexual minority populations, including the need for regular cervical cancer screening among women who have sex with women;
  • Promote HPV vaccination as a primary prevention strategy among lesbians and bisexual women;
  • Include transgender men (individuals born with female reproductive organs but who identify as male, many of whom still retain a cervix if a total hysterectomy is not performed) in cervical cancer screening programs;
  • Collect sexual orientation and gender identity data in cancer registries, patient medical records, and health surveys to better understand the burden of cervical cancer and cancer screening practices among this population.

“Lesbian and bisexual women experience a number of health disparities,” said Stephen Boswell, MD, President and CEO of Fenway Health. “The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health care access and efforts by the federal government to increase clinical competency in LGBT health care offer opportunities to reduce the disparity we see in cervical cancer screening.”

A PDF of the cervical cancer screening policy brief is available online at www.fenwayhealth.org/cervicalcancerfocus

 

 


LGBTT Health Sessions during the IV Public Health Conference of Puerto Rico

Posted by infosalud on March 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

LGBTT Health Sessions during the IV Public Health Conference of Puerto Rico

By Juan Carlos Vega,
Blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Disparities Networks

Today is our last day attending the VI International Congress of Health Promoting Universities and the IV Public Health Conference of Puerto Rico in the Puerto Rico Convention Center.  We are forever grateful to the National Latino Tobacco Control Network for sponsoring our participation in this event.

From a quick glance at the Agenda, we identified an LGBTT health related session during each of the concurrent times the first two days of the conference.  The majority are proposals from Puerto Rico, including a 3-day forum on sexual health, which presents research and realities regarding LGBTI health in Puerto Rico.  This means that it doesn’t matter if the government, society, and religion don’t recognize our communities, we are still out of the closet.  And there is data to prove it!

Among the research presented included issues like gender construction as a social determinant of health and its effects in the trans communities of Puerto Rico, which had Trans Women and Trans Men data samples.  Another presentation had research student, Yesarel Pesante, present an analysis of homosexual couples from 2005 to 2009 Census data from Puerto Rico.  Finally, poster presentations included research on same sex behaviors and its relationship with sexual and health related practices among a sample of women in Puerto Rico.

As part of the events, the Medical Science Campus of the University of Puerto Rico with the sponsorship of the https://www.facebook.com/icppr" target="_blank">Institute of Puerto Rican Culture hosted an Art Festival, a full track of sessions discussing health promotion through the arts.  This event includes photo-based artist and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Nick Kline, who presents and exhibits his work.  In the series, Hate crimes in Puerto Rico, he features his work with local trans advocates in order to visualize their leaderships towards social change.  Health care professionals and medical students should experience health promotion thru art expression and interpretation as part of their studies in order to build sensibilities otherwise not acquired during their years of studies.

It is important to note, the presence that the Fenway Institute had during the conference in addition to the Network for LGBT Health Equity.  Mr. Harvey Makadon from the The National Center for LGBT Health Education who presented on LGBT issues, announced an upcoming webinar on LGBT health in Spanish with local UPR Professors, Dr. Carmen M. Velez Vega and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Díaz.  The Webinar titled https://fenwaylgbthealtheducation.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=fenwaylgbthealtheducation" target="_blank">Calidad de cuidado para lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgéneros y transexuales: Eliminando la invisibilidad y las disparidades will take place on Thursday, April 4 starting at 2:00 PM EST and will discuss the unique health needs of LGBT people and the recommended ways to address those needs in.

 

?Awesome? Efforts in Puerto Rico Continue Pro LGBTT Health

Posted by infosalud on March 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Juan Carlos Vega, Blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the CDC-funded LGBT and Latino National Disparities Networks

Awesome! That is exactly what is happening in Puerto Rico pro LGBTT health.  Awesome local efforts, many with limited or no funding, continue to move an agenda forward to promote LGBTT health.  It is a very difficult accomplishment when we have planning meetings at 6:30pm, after finishing our regular paying jobs, or paying a sitter to participate in the gatherings.  However, the commitment is worth the results.  We are looking to educate our communities, students, government, and service providers regarding health needs and realities of LGBTT communities.  So here goes a blog to awesomeness!

During our October 2012 monthly member meeting, it was decided that current local volunteer efforts by the Citizen’s Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health would focus on maintaining a presence in social media platforms and participate in local and national conferences and events.  This will allow us to spread our mission and gather support for healthier LGBTT communities in Puerto Rico.

In January 2013, Alliance member, Sammy Arus, participated in the Creating Change Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, including the day-long Union=Fuerza National Latin@s Institute.  The gathering brought together a diverse group of LGBT Latin@s and allies from across the United States to foster supportive relationships and build capacity to advance LGBT Latin@ activism.  The event was sponsored by Lambda Legal, the National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, and other national and local groups.

Last week, Alliance members, Margie Álvarez and Lissette Rodríguez, participated in the IX National Women’s Colloquium sponsored by the Women Studies Program  at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey Campus.  The awesome program included sessions on building a local coalition to work on HIV+ women, women and literature, women in the Puerto Rican diaspora, trans women issues, and much much more!  Our su pport to the only gender studies program in the island is important.  Check outMargie’s blog from Cayey, Puerto Rico during the event! Leer más


 


IX COLOQUIO SOBRE LA MUJER

Posted by infosalud on March 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Por M. Álvarez

Alianza Ciudadana en Pro de la Salud LGBTTA (ACPSLGBTTA)

Hoy comenzó el IX Coloquio Sobre la Mujer, en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Cayey. La actividad, a cargo del Proyecto de Estudios de las Mujeres (ProMujeres), está enfocada en temas relacionados al desarrollo, paz y derechos humanos de las mujeres. 

Serán 3 días de presentaciones, diálogos e intercambio de ideas que tocarán temas como género y derechos humanos, prevención de la violencia sexual, diversidad sexual y género, derechos sexuales, entre muchos otros, todos relacionados al desarrollo de la mujer.

La temática LGBTT solo se tocará en dos conferencias, la primera se ofrecerá esta tarde,  Historia de las mujeres lesbianas profesionalmente exitosas y sus implicaciones en el proceso de consejería; y la segunda mañana miércoles en la tarde, un conversatorio- performance, El imaginario de la mujer en los travestis, transgéneros, transexuales.

La Alianza Ciudadana en Pro de la Salud LGBTTA está presente en esta actividad con una mesa informativa sobre la Alianza y temas de salud relacionados a la Mujer lesbiana y bisexual.

Para mantenerte informado/a de los acontecimientos en el IX Coloquio y nuestra participación visítanos en nuestra página web SaludLGBTTA.org y en Facebook:SaludLGBTTA