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Dr. Mustanski appointed to NIH Think Tank on research component of National HIV/AIDS strategy

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28th September

Dr. Mustanski has been appointed to a Think Tank for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focused on developing the social and behavioral research component of the president’s National HIV/AIDS strategy.  He is serving on a committee focused on the role of new technology in HIV prevention and care.  As part of the Think Tank, nearly 100 NIH-funded HIV/AIDS researchers gathered in Bethesda, Maryland September 26-28 to make recommendations to the NIH Office on AIDS.

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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27th September

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Gay and bisexual men of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV. A new study just released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 US cities were HIV positive. Additionally, this is the only risk group in the U.S. in which the annual number of new HIV infections is increasing. There is an urgent need to expand access to proven HIV prevention interventions for gay and bisexual men, as well as to develop new approaches to fight HIV in this population.

What are we doing to address this epidemic at the IMPACT Program? Through our federal and foundation grants we are conducting research to understand the causes of HIV infection among young gay and bisexual … Read More »

Launch of “I heart my sexuality” videos

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20th September

I Heart My Sexuality is a video project that aims to highlight the strengths of LGBTQ youth, instill pride in the community, and tell stories of healthy relationships.

The IMPACT team captured the personal interviews during the 2010 Chicago Pride Festival and Dyke March. The videos were created in partnership with BeyondMedia Education, an award winning non-profit organization dedicated to using media for social change.

Being part of a family and community

Being single

Being in a couple and dating

The IMPACT Programs online project are made possible in part by a grant from the William T Grant Foundation.

I ♥ My Sexuality: Being in a Relationship and Dating

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14th September

LGBT youth talk about being in a relationship and dating

Why do you love your sexuality?

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13th September

We set up a booth at the 2010 Chicago Pride Festival and asked people to write on card why they love their sexuality.

These images are the first phase of the I heart my sexuality campaign. Check back on September 21, 2010 to see the first three videos from our interviews.

Is it ok to stop using condoms with my boyfriend? A community forum moderated by Dr. Mustanski

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12th September

If you are in Chicago, Save the date!  September 21, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Dr. Mustanski will be moderating the event. Researchers Colleen Hoff (San Francisco State University) and Patrick Sullivan (Emory University) will present their findings.

Download flyer | PDF |  Reserve your spot: RSVP Questions? Send a note to

Resources for parents of gender variant children

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9th September

Recently a parent contacted us with some questions about her son who is very interested in wearing woman’s clothing and makeup and playing with toys that are traditionally though of for girls (e.g. dollhouses).  Some of our colleagues, who are leading experts in this area, offered these suggestions of resources for parents with gender variant children.

This brochure is made by the Gender and Sexuality Advocacy and Education Program at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Their website also includes other resources for kids and parents, including a listserv for parents and a summer camp for kids. The brochure has why gender variance occurs, what can be expect in the future, how to support your child and yourself, as well as other useful resources.

Here’s an excerpt about the question, why does it occur?

“Although science has yet to pinpoint the … Read More »

How two guys can use a “female condom” for safer sex

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8th September

Some of the research we have done at the IMPACT Program has found that a lot (95%) of young guys make mistakes when they use  condoms.  That’s not such a big surprise when you consider that no one probably taught you how to use a condom correctly.  When use right, condoms are highly effective at preventing HIV and many other sexually transmitted infections.  So make sure you know the steps to use them correctly.

Here is a video showing the steps for how to use a “female condom” for anal sex.  The cartoon gets a little explicit at times so make sure you are in place that is private enough for you to watch it comfortably.

For the ladies, check out the video we previously posted for how to use a female condom.

HIV: Hey, It’s Viral!

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6th September

HIV: Hey, It’s Viral! Preview Trailer from Beyondmedia Education on Vimeo.

HIV: Hey, It’s Viral! is a groundbreaking sex-positive 20-minute video from Beyondmedia Education addressing HIV/AIDS prevention and activism from youth perspectives. The video shows young people what HIV is, how it is transmitted, and how it can be prevented – all spun with a fun soundtrack and entertaining animations to illustrate the science of HIV/AIDS. Focusing on risk reduction, safer sex practices and the importance of testing, the movie stresses the idea that anyone can get HIV, and everyone can help prevent it.

The video is part of the Condom Sense: A Real Life Education Campaign for high school classrooms and beyond. The sex-positive LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum aims to change the conversation about AIDS through theater, media, sexual health workshops and demonstrations.

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