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Sean Cahill, Ph.D.
Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Co-author of LGBT Youth in America’s Schools (2012: University of Michigan Press) and a member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth, Cahill formerly held leadership positions at Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute.

Entries by Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

What We're Looking for Over the Next Five Years of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 1:19 PM

One of my proudest moments in 25 years of LGBT and HIV/AIDS activism came in July, 2010, when I joined other HIV/AIDS activists and policymakers at the White House for President Obama's announcement that he was launching a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

From 2007 through 2010, I worked...

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Two Simple Things HHS Can Do to Improve Health of LGBT People

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:15 PM

In the last five years, the federal government has taken significant steps toward recognizing and addressing health disparities that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. These include increasing data collection about sexual orientation and gender identity; establishing new nondiscrimination provisions that cover sexual orientation and gender identity; and...

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How to Collect the Information We Need From LGBT Patients

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:55 PM

The maxim that you cannot manage what you cannot measure has become a cliché. But when it comes to managing―and ending―the disparities in health experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the need for standardized collection of data is critical.

In a 2011 report, the Institute...

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New CDC Data on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Health Demonstrate Disparities, Resiliencies

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people experience both disparities and resiliencies in health, according to data released July 15th by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data os from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the first NHIS in 57 years to ask a sexual orientation...

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New CDC PrEP Guidelines Could Transform HIV Prevention

(9) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:19 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a major step toward transforming HIV prevention in the U.S. May 14 by recommending that health-care providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to uninfected patients at substantial risk of becoming infected. The CDC issued new clinical guidelines that could...

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Kathleen Sebelius' LGBT legacy

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned yesterday, after leading President Obama's successful efforts to get 7.5 million Americans signed up for private health insurance since last fall. At least 3 million more have signed up for expanded Medicaid coverage. This is an amazing accomplishment. Many demographic groups are disproportionately...

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LGBT Health: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions Are a Must

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:58 AM

From 1995 to 2012, 27 states asked a sexual orientation question at least once in their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. This is according to an analysis just published by The Fenway Institute in Boston, written by Fenway researchers Leigh Evans, Kelsey Lawler and Sammy Sass....

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The Affordable Care Act: Real Benefits for LGBT People

(9) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 6:53 PM

While much of the news coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused on the bipartisan bickering and controversy surrounding its passage and subsequent attempts to repeal it or challenge it in court, the benefits for the health of the nation are generally overlooked. In particular, there has been...

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End LGBT Invisibility in Health Care Now! Do Ask, Do Tell

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to have health insurance or get preventive health care such as mammograms, and they may be at greater risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Some studies indicate higher prevalence of these cancers among lesbians, yet we...

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A New Turning Point in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 8:29 PM

July 16, 2012 could be another major turning point in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a supplemental new drug application for the previously approved antiretroviral medication tenofovir disoproxil fumarate / emtricitabine (TDF-FTC), to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by uninfected men and...

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The Supreme Court's Ruling Upholding the ACA Is Especially Important for LGBT People and Those Living With HIV/AIDS

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:00 PM

The Affordable Care Act represents a historical step toward improving the health of the American people, as important as the creation of Medicaid and Medicare 47 years ago. We commend the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the right of our elected representatives -- our Congress and president -- to address...

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A Potential Game Changer in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Imagine what it would mean to have a medication that would make it harder for HIV to enter a person's body. Tomorrow, May 10, may lead to just such a turning point in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On this date the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will review a supplemental...

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Re-Centering Science in the Fight Against AIDS

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 5:26 PM

June 5th marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS. In June 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first accounts of rare illnesses reported in young gay men in New York and Los Angeles in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Within a few years, the disease that...

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The Long and Winding Road: Growing Older with HIV

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 7:02 PM

It is estimated that by 2015, over half of all people living with HIV will be age 50 or older.

2011 -- a new decade and baby boomers across the country are turning 65. The generation that once vowed to remain young forever now complains, "Aging just snuck up on...

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