Public Invited to Long Beach Gay Men’s Health Summit Saturday

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The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the National Minority AIDS Council, and the Southern California Men’s Medical Group will host the Gay Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to address gay and bisexual men’s health issues, including a troubling and continuing rise in HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The free summit is open to the public, and will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, 500 E. First Street, Long Beach.

“The Summit will provide a forum for gay and bisexual men to improve their physical, spiritual and mental health, and overall wellness,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Session topics will focus on stigma and homophobia, addiction and recovery, coming out, healthy aging, relationships, faith and spirituality, as well as the history of the gay movement accompanied by a photographic exhibit by Thomas Alleman.

Dr. Tony Mills of the Southern California Men’s Medical Group will provide a lunch plenary session on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a new biomedical strategy endorsed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, for specific high-risk HIV negative individuals to reduce the risk of new HIV infections. October 11 is also National Coming Out Day.

For more information, contact Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer, at 562.570.4047. Registration information available at http://bit.ly/gmhs2014.

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