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3rd COVID vaccine begins shipping out

3rd COVID vaccine begins shipping out

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Mar 2, 2021

Distribution of a third vaccine to combat COVID-19 has begun across the country, following federal authorization last week.

FDA authorizes 2nd COVID-19 vaccine

FDA authorizes 2nd COVID-19 vaccine

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Dec 20, 2020

The federal Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for a second COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Cambridge-based biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, for people age 18 and up.

Stanford offers telehealth PrEP program for teens

Stanford offers telehealth PrEP program for teens

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 16, 2020

That 2020 made telehealth the norm, rather than the exception, has led to an expansion of the Stanford Medicine Virtual Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Program for Adolescents and Young Adults, which was launched by two physicians late last year.

Updated: COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective, clinical trial shows

Updated: COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective, clinical trial shows

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Nov 13, 2020

Two coronavirus vaccine candidates have shown they are more than 90% effective after phase 3 clinical trials.

SOGI info only applies to positive COVID cases

SOGI info only applies to positive COVID cases

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 9, 2020

The requirement that local health departments and health care providers must report the sexual orientation and gender identity data of COVID-19 cases does not apply to everyone being tested — only to those who have received positive tests.

FDA approves first treatment for COVID-19

FDA approves first treatment for COVID-19

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Oct 23, 2020

The federal Food and Drug Administration approved the first new treatment for COVID-19 October 22.

Experts discuss mental health during town hall

Experts discuss mental health during town hall

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Oct 21, 2020

California state Senator Scott Wiener hosted an hourlong virtual town hall meeting October 20, focused on problems related to mental health and substance use, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LGBTQ Agenda: Largest-ever US study on intersex adult health finds disparities

LGBTQ Agenda: Largest-ever US study on intersex adult health finds disparities

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 9, 2020

The largest-ever American study on the social and mental health of intersex adults was released October 9, revealing that the population experiences major health disparities.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

SF health dept. publishes new 'risk reduction' guidance for sex during COVID

SF health dept. publishes new 'risk reduction' guidance for sex during COVID

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 4, 2020

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has published updated guidance on how to have sex while mitigating the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

2020 STD rates drop, but so do tests, from '19 numbers

2020 STD rates drop, but so do tests, from '19 numbers

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 2, 2020

Reported rates of some STDs dropped precipitously from last year's numbers as of the end of June, according to statistics released by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, a side-effect of less testing and changed sexual habits due to COVID.

Strut adds services geared toward women

Strut adds services geared toward women

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 12, 2020

Magnet, the sexual health clinic located at the Strut community health center in the Castro, has quietly rolled out services to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

How gay people are using kratom to improve their lives

How gay people are using kratom to improve their lives

  • by SPONSORED CONTENT | Advertising Department
  • Aug 4, 2020

Gay people suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, loneliness, and panic attacks. This is why they run towards herbs because they have always had a strong impact on people's lives. Keep in mind; kratom has no proven health benefits for the human body,

SOGI data on COVID-19 patients must now be reported, California says

SOGI data on COVID-19 patients must now be reported, California says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 28, 2020

California will now be requiring health care providers and local health departments to report data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of COVID-19 patients, according to a July 28 news release.