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Scientists on brink of HIV cure

(Editor's note: Since this article was published by The Telegraph, the Treatment Action Group has called the article "wildly irresponsible." To read the group's comments, click HERE.)

Danish scientists are expecting results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible.”

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Health officials dispel rumors of meningitis in San Diego’s gay community

SAN DIEGO – Local health officials are disputing a media report that meningitis has been found in San Diego’s gay community, and trying to quell rumors.

An uptick in meningitis cases has been documented in the gay communities of New York City and Los Angeles. Seven men who have sex with men (MSM) have died in New York City since 2010, and at least two MSM have died in Los Angeles since December. Some LGBT activists and community leaders are concerned and trying to prevent further infections or deaths.

At least two gay men have died of meningitis in L.A. in the past 15 months

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – At least two gay men are among the 13 people who have died of meningitis in Los Angeles County in the past 15 months.

Brett Shaad, 33, of West Hollywood died Saturday night after being removed from life support. The lawyer fell ill on Monday, April 8, and didn’t go to an emergency room until Wednesday, April 10. He was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, an inflammation of the lining around the brain, and lapsed into a coma on Thursday and was later declared brain dead.

Young gay men face violence, lack housing and access to HIV services, global survey finds

A new study indicates that young men who have sex with men (YMSM) around the world experience higher levels of homophobia, unstable housing, violence and other factors that hinder access to HIV services, compared to older MSM.

Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the analysis shows YMSM fare worse than older MSM in their attempts to access numerous HIV services, including HIV treatment.

“Existing data indicates that rates of HIV are rapidly increasing among YMSM in low and high income countries alike,” said Dr. George Ayala, MSMGF executive director.

Gay man from West Hollywood dies of meningitis

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A 33-year-old lawyer who contracted bacterial meningitis died at 6:42 pm Saturday after being removed from life support, his family says.

“Tonight our family made the incredibly difficult decision to remove my brother Brett from life support. He died peacefully surrounded by our family and friends,” Brett’s brother, Brian Shaad, said in a statement issued on behalf of the family.

WeHo official warns of deadly meningitis strain

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A deadly strain of bacterial meningitis, similar to the one that has been killing men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City, has been found in California, health officials say.

Los Angeles area officials have issued a health warning and urged MSM to take safety precautions. If caught early enough, the disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, and a vaccine is available.

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In the Raw: How to cope with loneliness

"I’m really struggling with feeling lonely -- nighttime is the worst. I dread going to bed knowing that I will just lay there, feeling horrible and alone, and think for hours. During the day I am better because I have work and friends to keep me distracted. At night, though, I end up calling people that aren't good for me, hook up with the wrong people, or drink too much just to make myself feel better. I want to be at a place where I am OK with being alone. Where do I even start?" – Lonely in San Diego

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CDC: Smoking is “70% higher in the LGBT community,” burdens healthcare system | VIDEO

Ellie Nicholas, who calls herself a people lover, thoroughly enjoyed bartending in New York. Whether working in gay bars or straight pubs, she was good at her job and earned a comfortable living.

Then she started getting sick. So sick that she had to be hospitalized for several days at a time. "I had trouble breathing,” she said. “It was terrifying!" Doctors would diagnose that she had asthma, a condition that still bothers her more than two decades later.

Chula Vista mayor to preside over ribbon-cutting for grand opening of lesbian-owned gym

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Mayor Cheryl Cox will perform the official ribbon-cutting at the grand opening of a lesbian-owned business.

Mayor Cox will preside over the ceremony marking the opening of Fierce CrossFit Gym, 861 Harold Place, Suite 211, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

The grand opening will run from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, March 23 at the gym.

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