Speaker Pérez Sends Gay and Lesbian Youth Holiday Message: “It Absolutely Gets Better”Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez

Sacramento, Nov. 24, 2010 –

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has released a Youtube video as part of the It Gets Better series created in the wake of national headlines of LGBT kids committing suicide after anti-gay bullying and harassment by their peers. 

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Speaker Pérez Calls for Heightened University Policies to Promote Safe Environments for Students

Sacramento, Nov. 23, 2010 –

After the recent suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today sent a letter to the University of California Regents and California State University Trustees asking them to review policies and programs established on California campuses to protect all students and provide them with safe learning environments.

“The recent tragedies of young men and women committing suicide has brought to light the disturbing fact that in today’s digital world, there are too many outlets for people to be bullied, harassed and hounded to the point of desperation,” Pérez said.

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Pre-Exposure Use of HIV Medications Reduces Risk Of HIV Infection

In a finding with the potential to offer a new strategy to slow the global HIV epidemic, a new study called iPrEx shows that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a single daily tablet containing two widely used HIV medications, emtricitabine and tenofovir (FTC/TDF), experienced an average of 43.8 percent fewer HIV infections than those who were assigned to take a placebo pill.

The study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first evidence that this new HIV prevention method, called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, reduces HIV infection in people at increased risk of infection.

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The November 25 Issue is now online421 cover

The Holidays are upon us - and that’s a good thing! We could all use the barrage of well wishes and joyful tidings that are bestowed upon us this time of year. Ok, so some of them are presented just so you buy stuff, but it sure beats the hate and muck that has been swirling around like tea in Boston harbor.

Read more: The November 25 Issue is now online


Statement by Project Inform on HIV Study & PrEP

A study showing that a daily pill reduces HIV risk in gay men is reason for great hope. US agencies should waste no time in assessing the ability of
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to slow the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Data released Nov. 23, 2010, from the iPrEx study concluding that the daily use of an HIV antiretroviral medication can prevent new cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men and trans females represents the most promising development in HIV/AIDS since the introduction of triple combination drug therapy in 1996.

Read more: Project Inform Responds to HIV Study & PrEP


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