AMA Wire

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians

GWU announces LGBT health certificate

GWU announces LGBT health certificate

George Washington University (GWU) recently announced a new certificate program that will educate graduate students in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health. The program will "train current and future health care leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," according to a statement by the university published in the Washington Blade.

The program will begin admitting students in June and focus on a wide array of topics, including psychological, medical, legal and policy related developments.

Even if you can't participate in GWU's new program, the AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues provides resources to assist you in your professional career as a GLBT physician and/or in your medical practice caring for GLBT patients.

Study: Monetary incentives can reduce HIV and STI risks

A new study suggests that most young gay men in Mexico City would pledge to stay HIV-free, be regularly tested and attend monthly safe-sex sessions in exchange for $288. The authors argue that this could provide substantial cost-savings since treating for HIV can cost the government $7,000 annually for drugs alone. Importantly, young male prostitutes, those most vulnerable to sexually transmitted and HIV infections, were very willing to participate in the program.

The authors believe their findings also could benefit the United States, where the cost of care for HIV is even higher. However, there are two important differences between the Mexican study population and those at risk in the United States. Prostitution is not illegal in Mexico, but it is in the United States, which could hamper recruitment. Also, 9 percent of the survey takers said they would not participate at any price, and they tended to be wealthier and better educated—that is, more resembling Americans.

The study was completed by researchers from Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and Mexico's national public health institute and published online by the European Journal of Health Economics.