AIDS Under Trump

Nation’s HIV leaders raise  alarm over  lack of HIV, STD mention in “HHS Strategic Plan.” BY VICTOR MELAMED World AIDS Day takes place this month on December 1, and while advancements in eradicating the epidemic are promising—five of the nation’s leading organizations focused on ending the HIV and STD epidemics in the United States have expressed their grave…

Recovering From Sexual Violence

Shame too often grabs hold of us in the shadows but when we bring it to the light of day with trustworthy people, it dissipates. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT In the past several weeks, multiple victims of sexual violence have highlighted the prevalence of their experiences in the entertainment industry as well as in politics.…

Address Unknown

  Outreach to LGBTQ homeless youth in LA. An interview with activist Rivianna Hyatt. BY ROXIE PERKINS Rivianna Hyatt is a queer homeless youth activist who works with the L.A. LGBTQ Center, the Youth Center on Highland, True Colors Foundation, and is an Executive Founding Member on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. In an…

The Erection Expert

An interview with Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based urologic surgeon, on erectile dysfunction. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Gonzales—let’s get right to it—what causes erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused be by a number of different issues. Erections are dependent on four factors working together: hormones, blood flow, nerves, and psychology. It…

Beating The Holiday Blues

Stress, depression and the holidays: tips for coping. BY VICTOR MELAMED Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and be detrimental to your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off the holiday blues. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and…

The Epidemic

Two-Drug Regimen The FDA approves Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen to treat those who are virologically suppressed. BY VICTOR MELAMED The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with HIV instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV…

The Share

Recreational Cannabis Local professionals in the recovering field on the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California, effective January 2018. IT’S HEALTHIER “I think legalizing it will eliminate some of the sneakiness. Anytime you can take away the sneakiness around drugs or alcohol use—drug use in this case—it’s better. When you take guilt and shame from…

Bond With Baby

Working with families in the LGBTQ community to ensure that both mothers in a relationship can choose to breastfeed their baby, regardless of how their family was created. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT “I am a business-owner, artist, wife, daughter, lover, survivor, and activist. I feel empowered and even limitless, at times, but I can’t breastfeed my own…

Pride Recovery LA

PHOTO BY PAULO MURILLO Now open in West Hollywood, serving the LGBT community. BY PAULO MURILLO The City of West Hollywood has a new treatment center that specializes on the needs of LGBTQ people who suffer from substance abuse. Pride Recovery LA treatment center celebrated their grand opening on Thursday, October 26. “This is our…

Smart Health LA

Providing culturally sensitive, high quality primary care to the LGBTQ community, regardless of ability to pay. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Smart Health LA held a star-studded gala on September 26th with a lot to celebrate. Quite simply, they’re in the business of changing and saving lives. In 2012, Director of Smart Health LA Kevin Weiler conjoined…

The Epidemic

Block&Lock Newly-developed HIV therapy stops the virus’s replication. BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida announced last month that their new drug may reduce an infected person’s viral load so far that HIV can no longer spread to healthy cells when used in combination with the current recommended cocktail of antiretroviral…

The Share

Grief And Recovery Three clean and sober men who recently lost friends from their sober circles on how their loss effects them. CURVE BALL The recent death of my friend Eric Danko hit me hard and it shifted my program. I realize that I need to be spiritually fit. I’m now doing 30 meetings in 30 days.…

The Epidemic

HIV Breakthrough New antibody attacks 99% of strains. Human trials will start in 2018. BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates, reports bbc.com. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus—making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.…

SoCal Hepatitis Outbreak Alert

Health officials in San Diego have scrambled for months to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A — vaccinating more than 19,000 people, putting up posters at bus stations and distributing hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes, reports the Los Angeles Times latimes.com. Despite those efforts, 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus in San…

Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Mental Illness & Addiction

  Dual diagnosis in the LGBTQ community. Coping strategies, finding proper treatment and healing old wounds. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced first-hand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level of familiarity with…

Gender Transitioning In Recovery

  Without an easy check-in-the-box to apply, many substance abuse facilities simply don’t know what to with a transitioning individual. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT Picture it: West Hollywood, California, 2016. It was a hot day, white petals fallen from nearby trees lined the pavement and the smell of a freshly lit cigarette filled the air. A teary-eyed…