National Gay Blood Drive Scheduled for July 11

On Friday, July 11, the second annual nationwide National Gay Blood Drive (NGBD) will take place to raise public awareness and increase pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change its policy on the long-standing ban on blood donation by men who have had sex with other men (MSM) – a restriction that has been in place since 1983.

New this year, supporters who are ineligible to donate blood are being encouraged by NGBD organizers to bring a friend (surrogate) to donate in their place. The number of donations will be documented by NGBD organizers and sent to the FDA, Health and Human Services, and the White House in an effort to illustrate the additional units of blood that could be added to the nation's blood supply if the ban on MSM blood donations were changed.

Read more: National Gay Blood Drive Scheduled for July 11

 

Vroom! Vroom!508

This year we have a couple of great articles about those vehicles we love to love. But not all of them are about dinosaur remains-depleting cars. There is a preview of a new Tesla electric SUV, the Model X.

Read more: Outword’s Annual Wheels Issue is Out Now!

 

Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

Shelters across the country are bracing themselves for the increase of stray animals that escape the safety of their homes in fear of fireworks, and the Front Street Animal Shelter is encouraging pet owners  to take precautions before the fireworks begin.

While July 4th may be a time for BBQ’s, fireworks and homemade ice cream, it is less thrilling for the family pet. Loud booms and the smell of acrid smoke is often enough to instill panic in some animals, who will do anything to escape the noise and perceived threat.

Read more: Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

 

House of Cards or Masters of Sex?

by Chris Narloch

Watch a new DVD this weekend.

This month’s crop of new DVDs includes two highly acclaimed cable series, a Blu-ray release for “The Birdcage,” a new cut of Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” and recent movies from Wes Anderson and Jake Gyllenhaal.   

Read more: House of Cards or Masters of Sex?

 

Observing National HIV Testing Day

A statement by Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, June 27, 2014

Today, as we recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), it is important to note that nearly 1 in 6 Americans who have HIV do not know they are infected.

If you are between the ages of 13-64, or are pregnant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you be tested for HIV at least once as a part of routine healthcare, and more often if you are at high risk for infection.

Read more: Observing National HIV Testing Day

 

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