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AIDS Walk Atlanta & Music Fest Returns Featuring Ludacris and Sevyn Streeter

AIDS Walk Atlanta & Music Fest returns to Piedmont Park Saturday, September 25, 2021 

Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, this 30th annual event—which raises thousands of dollars to support 10 local AIDS service organizations—culminates with a free concert featuring Atlanta’s own Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Sevyn Streeter

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and Music Fest presented by AHF Pharmacy, will return to Piedmont Park, on Saturday, September 25, 2021, after having been canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting large-scale public gatherings. The event, which attracts thousands of attendees from across the metro Atlanta community, will begin at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) starting with a 5K run and walk and culminating with a free concert event.

Now in its 30th year, AIDS Walk Atlanta has become one of the most anticipated outdoor fundraising events in the metro area. Previous artists, including Monica, Erica Campbell, Amara La Negra, Raheem DeVaughn, Mumu Fresh and Grace Gibson, have performed at the AIDS Walk. This year’s event will feature Atlanta’s own award-winning hip-hop artist and actor, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, as the headliner as well as R & B vocalist, Sevyn Streeter. With a goal of raising $1 million, this year’s event will provide unrestricted funds to support the following ten non-profit organizations:

  1. AID Atlanta
  2. A Vision for Hope
  3. Center for Black Women’s Wellness
  4. Center for Pan Asian Community Services
  5. Jerusalem House
  6. National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
  7. Open Hand
  8. Positive Impact Health Centers
  9. Someone Cares
  10. Thrive SS

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the producer of the annual walk and music fest since 2019, enhances the impact of the fundraising, by contributing a dollar-for-dollar match for all monies raised by each of the benefiting organizations.

“This annual event offers a time to create a greater awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the local Atlanta community, as well as an opportunity to bring together thousands of individuals from across the region to raise critical funds for these 10 worthy organizations,” stated Dawn Averill, AHF Atlanta regional director. “AHF is proud to present this event as one of the many ways that we educate and empower the local community to join the fight against HIV and AIDS.”

To learn more about registering for the walk or run, create a team or join a team, go to aidswalkatlanta.com.

According to Georgia Department of Public Health:

  1. 70% of individuals living with HIV resided in the City of Atlanta;
  2. Across the state, Fulton and DeKalb have the highest numbers and rates of persons diagnosed with, and living with HIV;
  3. 79% of those diagnosed with HIV were male, 19% female, 2% transgender, with Black Americans accounting for the racial group most impacted by HIV

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million individuals in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us @aidshealthcare.


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Fenway Health, Harvard, MGH, & Brigham and Women’s Researchers Find Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes

BOSTON, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — A research letter published in JAMA Dermatology finds that gender-affirming hair removal for transgender and gender diverse people is associated with improved mental health outcomes. It uses data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey and is the latest in a series of secondary analyses of the groundbreaking survey showing that transgender and gender diverse people who receive gender-affirming health care have improved mental health outcomes.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” reports that gender-affirming hair removal was associated with lower odds of past-month severe psychological distress, past-year suicidal ideation, and past-year smoking. The research reinforces findings from the only other empirical investigation on the topic published in 2019 in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment.

“To date, there has been limited evidence of the mental health benefits of gender-affirming hair removal procedures, which are desired by nearly 90 percent of transgender and gender diverse people in this sample,” said study senior author Dr. Alex S. Keuroghlian, who directs the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Gender Identity Program. “This is likely one of the reasons why less than five percent of health insurance plans cover procedures such as electrolysis or laser hair removal. We hope that our research study will convince health insurers of the need to cover these gender-affirming treatment recommendations by clinicians.”

Of the 11,857 survey respondents assigned male sex at birth, 4,927 had undergone hair removal whereas 5,652 desired hair removal but had not received it. After adjusting for sampling biases related to age, race, and ethnicity, gender-affirming hair removal was associated with a 38 percent reduction in past-month severe psychological distress, 28 percent reduction in past-year suicidal ideation, and 24 percent reduction in past-year tobacco smoking.

“Our findings add to the growing body of research suggesting the mental health benefits of gender-affirming health care treatment for transgender and gender diverse people,” said research study lead author Michelle Lee. “Gender-affirming hair removal is particularly important given that hormones alone are often insufficient in removing undesired hair and because hair removal is sometimes required in preparation for gender-affirming surgeries.”

The letter was authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. It was based on data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality which surveyed over 27,000 transgender people in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. territories abroad, and U.S. military bases on a multitude of questions about their lives.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” is the latest in a series of papers using data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey to evaluate factors affecting the mental health outcomes of transgender and gender diverse people. Prior papers include “Factors Leading to ‘Detransition’ Among Transgender and Gender Diverse People in the United States: A Mixed-Methods Analysis,” published in 2021 in LGBT Health, “Association Between Gender-Affirming Surgeries and Mental Health Outcomes,” published in 2021 in JAMA Surgery, “Pubertal Suppression for Transgender Youth and Risk of Suicidal Ideation,” published in 2020 in Pediatrics, and “Association Between Recalled Exposure to Gender Identity Conversion Efforts and Suicide Attempts,” published in 2019 in JAMA Psychiatry.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” is available online here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2782063

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