The LGBT Health & Development Program


Make it better

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29th November

Though life DOES get better for LGBT young people, there are things we can all do to make life better now so that no one has to suffer through school or college.  Young people from Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth made this video with 7 things you can do to make life better for LGBT youth in schools.   For more information visit the Make It Better Project.


New study shows medication can help prevent HIV infection, but reducing risk behaviors is still critical

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23rd November

Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced results of the international iPrEx trial examining whether drugs used to treat HIV can also help prevent HIV infection. This approach is called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Result of the study showed that a once-daily pill containing tenofovir plus emtricitabine (brand name Truvada®) was safe and provided an average of 44 percent additional protection against HIV infection to men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgendered women who have sex with men, who also received a comprehensive package of prevention services. These services included use of condoms, monthly HIV testing, counseling, and management of other sexually transmitted infections. The level of protection shown varied widely depending on how consistently participants used PrEP. Among those whose took their daily dose on 90% of days, HIV risk was reduced by roughly 73 percent. … Read More »


Facing AIDS with research that has an impact

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22nd November

The IMPACT Program is participating in the Facing AIDS campaign for World AIDS Day 2010.  We work to face AIDS by conducting research that has an impact.  View all of the photos from individuals and agencies that have participated.

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“Austin Is Doing Something” a mural about HIV/AIDS

16th November

We joined the celebration of the Austin Is Doing Something mural in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The mural raises awareness of HIV and sparks dialogue around what we can each do. It’s located on the northeast corner of Chicago and Mayfield Avenues, so go check it out if you can and continue to spread its message. We have the power to heal our community, and With Me Comes a Cure!



IMPACT members heads to Las Vegas to present at conference on sexuality

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3rd November

Members of the IMPACT Program are heading to Las Vegas to present research at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.  Dr. Brian Mustanski will be presenting research from Project Q2 on the relationships of young male couples.  Michael Newcomb, MA will be presenting his research, to appear soon in the journal AIDS & Behavior, on substance use and HIV risk behaviors.  Steve Garcia will be presenting on gender, victimization, and mental health.  Laura Kuper will be be presenting on her research, funded by a William T Grant Foundation Scholars award to Dr. Mustanski, on the Internet and identity development.


25 year-long study finds children with lesbian parents may be better adjusted

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3rd November

A new study published in the prestigious journal Pediatrics followed a group of children born to lesbian mothers for nearly 25 years to chart their psychological health and development. Previous studies have found no significant differences in psychological health between children reared by lesbian or heterosexual parents [1-4]. This led the American Academy of Pediatrics to issue a report in support of same-sex parents raising children [5].

This new study, by Dr. Gartell and Dr. Bos, was launched in 1986 with a goal of following children of planned lesbian families into adulthood. They described the families as “planned” because the children were conceived with donor insemination opposed to being conceived with a man from a previous relationship. After nearly 25 years, the authors have reported the results on the psychological adjustment of the offspring. They measures psychological adjustment with the widely used and validated … Read More »


IMPACT has a new Postdoctoral Research Associate: Dr. Michelle Birkett

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2nd November

The IMPACT Program is excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Birkett as a Postdoctoral Research Associate! Dr. Birkett graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests center on the health and mental health of LGBTQ adolescents. She approaches this research from a strengths-based, social-ecological perspective, considering the impact of multiple contextual systems such as peer groups, families, and school environments. She is also interested in the use of social network analysis, multilevel modeling, and methodology measuring the impact of contextual systems on young adolescents. Michelle completed her clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, with a special focus on children and adolescents. Her clinical interests continue to revolve around treating diverse adolescents, young adults, and families within a multicultural framework.


Largest national sex survey ever publishes highlights sexual behavior and condom use among Americans ages 14 to 94

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1st November

Researchers published findings from the largest nationally representative study of sexual and sexual-health behaviors ever conducted. Called the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), it is one of the most comprehensive studies on sexuality in almost two decades and documents the sexual experiences and condom-use behaviors of 5,865 adolescents and adults ages 14 to 94. It was conducted by my colleagues Dr. Michael Reece, Dr. Debby Herbenick, Dr. Brian Dodge, and their colleagues at Indiana University. Initial findings from the survey, presented in nine separate research articles, were published on Oct. 1 in a special issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.





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