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Senate Committee passes bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT workers

A bipartisan bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has passed a Senate Committee by a vote of 15 to 7. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, received the support of all 12 Democrats and 3 Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). According to the Huffington Post, the committee spent just 10 minutes discussing the bill before voting it forward. The Committee Chairman, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), said that the speed at which the bill passed ... Read More

FDA approves first treatment to prevent HIV in at-risk people

People who do not have HIV but are at high risk of becoming infected with the virus can now take medication to reduce their risk of sexual transmission of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week it has approved a common treatment for people who are HIV positive to be used to help prevent the disease in others who are at high risk of becoming infected, such as gay and bisexual men. Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, was approved in 2004 for the treatment of people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The drug ... Read More

FDA delays decision on HIV drug for prevention of AIDS virus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take more time to decide whether to allow a treatment for HIV to be prescribed to prevent the disease for individuals at risk for becoming infected. Last month, an FDA advisory panel recommended approving Truvada for people at risk for contracting HIV, such as gay and bisexual men. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its expert panels, but it often does. Gilead Sciences, the drug’s manufacturer, submitted updated information on the planned safety materials for Truvada that would be distributed to doctors and patients. The FDA usually postpones its ... Read More