The LGBT Health & Development Program

Research Blog

What interests us? Our research blog highlights the evolving work of the IMPACT team, along with other noteworthy findings in the LGBT health field. We invite you to explore the posts below and visit our  Current Research Projects and Publications pages to learn more about the breadth of our research.


Research Blog—PrEP Use for MSM and Transgender Woman Takes Center Stage at the International AIDS Conference 2016

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29th July

Strong science and community engagement together are essential to improving global PrEP use.



Research Blog—Recruitment and Retention with YMSM

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3rd June

Recruitment and retention can be challenging. Here, we share some tips from our experiences working with LGBTQ young people.



Research Blog—Companion Animals and People Living with HIV

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6th May

Across multiple studies, pet ownership improves the mental and physical health of people living with HIV/AIDS.



Research Blog–Stigma & Status: Social Factors Leading to Lack of Healthcare Access for MSM of Color

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28th April

MSM of color have barriers accessing HIV care compared to White MSM. Is overcoming stigma enough to get these individuals into care?



Research Blog—Improving HIV Prevention: Comparing the Impact of Different Approaches

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21st April

Seek, test, treat, and retain: exploring recent evidence on optimizing HIV prevention interventions.



Reuters Interviews ISGMH Director Mustanski on IRBs and HIV Prevention Research

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20th April

Are ethics regulations for research hurting HIV prevention efforts?



ISGMH Director Mustanski Publishes Major Commentary on the Responsibility of IRBs in the Growing HIV Epidemic among Gay/Bisexual Teens

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13th April

New article recounts how the highest-risk group in the U.S. has been too often left behind.



Research Blog—Long-Acting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Promising HIV Prevention Strategy

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6th April

Alternatives to daily oral pill-taking are needed to promote PrEP adherence.



Research Blog—Bisexual (In)Visibility in Sexual Health Research

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11th March

Population groupings based on sexual behavior may contribute to the invisibility of bisexual health in research.



Dr. Mustanski featured in Northwestern Office for Research Annual Report

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4th March

IMPACT’s work on innovating solutions to health inequities is featured in this year’s Annual Report.



New Northwestern Institute commits to improving LGBT health

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29th February

The IMPACT Program is now a proud part of the new Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health & Wellbeing!



Research Blog—Educating the Educators: An Evaluation of the GLSEN Safe Space Kit for Students

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17th February

A survey of educators suggests the “GLSEN Safe Space Kit” is an effective tool for creating safe spaces for LGBT students.



It doesn’t ‘get better’ for some LGBT Youth

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9th February

New IMPACT study shows a risk of lasting mental health problems for severely victimized LGBT youths.



Research Blog—Unique and Normal: Friendships Between Straight Women and Gay Men

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3rd February

Healthy relationships include friendships that span gender and sexual orientation.



Research Blog—LGBT Women and Poverty

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19th January

LGBT women, especially transgender women of color, are at higher risk for poverty due to barriers in jobs, health, and family recognition.



Research Blog—Queer in the South: Risk, Resilience, and Movement for Change

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17th December

The South is home to millions of LGBTQ people in the US who face health inequities and stressors but are working for change every day.



Research Blog—Barriers to Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Individuals

10th December

What challenges stand in the way of pursuing gender-affirming care? Check out findings from our ongoing study.



Research Blog–Few Teenage Gay Men Get Tested for HIV

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2nd December

Young gay men are at the highest risk for HIV infection, yet only 1 in 5 have ever been tested according to a recent national study.



Low Rates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing Among Adolescent Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men

2nd December

HIV testing rates shown to be low among adolescent gay and bisexual men. Many even lack knowledge about the closest testing site.



Research Blog—How Social Media Amplifies Community Resilience among the LGBT Community

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13th November

Despite adversity, the LGBT community finds a sense of resilience through social networks via virtual communities and other e-approaches.






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