Author: Reid Nakamura

By Reid Nakamura The goal for the Los Angeles LGBT Center is to provide “sex-positive, non-judgmental, sensitive health care” for those who need it most, said Dr. James Bell, medical director of the Center’s Sexual Health Education Program. And with that reasoning in mind, the Center has been trying to provide human monkeypox (hMPXV) vaccines to the most at-risk communities, which includes adult film actors. On Friday, Aug. 5, Center WeHo partnered with the Performer Availability Screening Service (PASS), which works to promote health and testing in the sex work industry, to distribute nearly 70 doses of the Jynneos vaccine.…

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By Joe Hollendoner The Los Angeles LGBT Center demands that Los Angeles County declare human monkeypox (hMPXV) a public health emergency. I sent Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of the County Department of Public Health, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors a letter last week requesting they act with urgency to further mobilize local resources and hold the federal government accountable for addressing this crisis. This follows the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring human monkeypox a global health emergency on June 23 and both San Francisco and the state of New York declaring the same in their respective jurisdictions…

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By Reid Nakamura As the human monkeypox (hMPXV) outbreak continues to spread in L.A. County, concerned residents at a town hall on Wednesday, July 27, called on public health officials to respond more aggressively to the crisis, demanding that more be done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. Hosted by the Los Angeles Blade in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and other community partners, the town hall featured a range of panelists, including representatives from the L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH), a recently recovered hMPXV patient, LGBT community clinic representatives, and prevention advocates.…

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