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August 27, 2015

Gay Teenagers are Not Getting HIV tested


Teens fear being recognized and don’t know where to get tested
Young men who have sex with men have the highest risk for HIV infection, but only one in five has ever been tested for HIV, a much lower rate than testing for non-adolescents, reports a new national Northwestern Medicine study conducted in partnership with the Center for Innovative Public Health Research.

The greatest barriers to these teenage males getting tested are not knowing where to go to get an HIV test, worries about being recognized at a testing site and — to a lesser degree -- thinking they are invincible and won’t get infected. 

“Understanding the barriers to testing provides critical information for intervening, so we can help young men get tested,” said study first author Gregory Phillips II, a research assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an investigator for the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Feinberg. 

“Rates of new HIV infections continue to increase among young gay and bisexual men,” said Brian Mustanski, principal investigator of the study, an associate professor of medical social sciences at Feinberg and director of IMPACT. “Testing is critical because it can help those who are positive receive lifesaving medical care. Effective treatment can also help prevent them from transmitting the virus to others.”

The study on low HIV testing rates for gay young men was published Aug. 26 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The findings suggest testing can be increased by providing young men with an easy way to find nearby testing sites via text messaging or online programs and by opening testing sites in high schools. 

“Providing in-school testing would normalize the process,” Phillips said. “If there is a constant presence of on-site testing at schools, testing would seem less stigmatized. It would also increase knowledge about the testing process and make it less scary.”

Online information explaining the testing procedure also can calm young men’s fears. Finger stick or cheek swabs are both options for testing, which teens may not realize.  The IMPACT Program at Feinberg created a video that shows young people what it’s like to get an HIV test.

Between June and November 2014, the study enrolled a national sample of 302 gay, bisexual and queer males ages 14 to 18 years into a text messaging-based HIV prevention program (Guy2Guy). Questions about their HIV-testing behaviors were included in the study. The researchers found only 20 percent of the teenage boys had ever been tested for HIV, a rate that is much lower than what other studies have found with adult gay and bisexual men. A 2008 national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored study of men who have sex with men found 75 percent of men ages 18 to 19 reported they had been tested for HIV, for example. 

Michele Ybarra, an investigator at the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, was the co-principal investigator on the study.
The article is titled “Low Rates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing Among Adolescent Gay, Bisexual, and Queer.”
This study was supported by grant R01MH096660 from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health.

Marla Paul

March 8, 2013

Olympic Skater Andy Gabel Involved in Underage Sex Scandal

 Skater Brigid "Bridie" Farrell Had Affair as Teen
sports Olympic Skater Andy Gabel Snared in Underage Sex Scandal
Olympian Andy Gabel (inset) has been outed for having under-age sex with speed skater Brigid “Bridie” Farrell.
Andy Gabel, an Olympic speed-skating champion and major figure in the International Skating Union, has become embroiled in a sex scandal. Speedskater Brigid “Bridie” Farrell charged that she had underage sex with the 48-year-old Olympian when she was 15-years-old.
Farrell, who is know 24, and still competes in speed-skating events, said she decided to go public with the allegations to save others from going through the experience.
The relationship was consensual, but Farrell said Gabel, who was then 33, used his position in the Olympic sport to seduce her. She said she knew the relationship was wrong but was “star-struck” by Gabel’s attention. The affair lasted several months. She now wants him banned from the sport.
Gabel has apologized for the affair in a public statement saying he “displayed poor judgment in a brief and inappropriate relationship with a female teammate,” according to the The Saratogian newspaper in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The former speedskater has resigned his position with the International Union and his board seat on the National Speedskating Hall of Fame as a result of the revelations.
Gabel was chairman of the ISU’s sort track technical committee, which oversees the sport and skaters such as Apolo Anton Ohno, the nation’s most decorated winter Olympian. The organization is investigating the claims.
Gabel competed in four Olympics as a short track skater. He won the silver medal as part of the U.S. relay team at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, according to his bio.
The scandal is another blow to the Olympic world. South African para-Olympic and Olympic competitor Oscar Pistorius is facing murder charges in his native South Africa, for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He claims the shooting was accidental.
The American team is currently training for the upcoming Vancouver Games.

November 4, 2011

Glee Will Deal ‘Delicately' with issue of teen and gay sex for the first time


Ratings have dropped on the once unstoppable Glee, but next Tuesday sees the Fox show push boundaries that could bring many viewers back.
In an episode that has been previewed positively, Gleeks will get to see not one, but two, of their favourite couples take their relationship to the next level and have sex.
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Chemistry: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith - as Rachel and Finn - will have sex in next Tuesday's episode of Glee
Chemistry: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith - as Rachel and Finn - will have sex in next Tuesday's episode of Glee 
In keeping with the progressive nature of the show, a gay couple's teenage love is depicted alongside that of straight lovers.
The episode, entitled appropriately enough, The First Time, sees Finn and Rachel then Kurt and Blaine consummate their love affairs.
Pin-up Lea Michele (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) will sing and dance their way through the maelstrom of teenage angst that leads to this big moment while Chris Colfer (Kurt) goes through parallel emotions in his relationship with Blaine (Darren Criss).
Progressive: Chris Colfer and Darren Criss - as Kurt and Blaine - will also take the next step
Progressive: Chris Colfer and Darren Criss - as Kurt and Blaine - will also take the next step 
According to previews, it's all 'handled very delicately,' and the treatment of the teenage gay relationship has been singled out for particular praise.
Entertainment Weekly described the plot line as 'incredibly moving' and lauded the show as 'one of the best installments ever.', meanwhile, write that 'it's the best work we have seen from both Lea Michele and Cory Monteith.' 
Courtship: Monteith and Michele will show how to make the sex decision in a sensible fashion
Courtship: Monteith and Michele will show how to make the sex decision in a sensible fashion 
And according to E!: 'Though sex is certainly the word of the day, the episode gives both couples more depth of emotion than we've seen so far this season, and a few lines will take your breath away if you are a fan.'
And while the show's team are no doubt braced for the controversy that will follow an episode involving gay sex, premarital sex and underage drinking, there is apparently no sensationalism here.
The show is said to highlight the importance of safe sex, emotional preparation and a healthy discourse.
Praise: Previewers are heaping praise on the show's handling of this gay teenage relationship
Praise: Previewers are heaping praise on the show's handling of this gay teenage relationship 
It will go some way to appeasing fans who believe that Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk abandoned the beloved Fox show to concentrate on their new FX hit American Horror Story. 
That's running amok with scares on Wednesday nights at 10pm, while The First Time airs in Glee's regular slot, Tuesday at 8pm. 

Romance: There is nothing sleazy about this sex special
Romance: There is nothing sleazy about this sex special
Romance: There is nothing sleazy about this sex special 

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