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‘Love, welcome and respect’: He advocates for LGBTQ faithful

May. 08, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

Inside Allentown’s Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, with its tall stained-glass windows and sanctuary suffused with a soft golden glow, the man in the black shirt and slacks could be mistaken for a clergyman. He is, in fact, by someone who calls him “Father.”...

Memphis mother-son duo make Black-led LGBTQ advocacy group

May. 02, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In 2014, the mother and son duo didn’t see many Black-led organizations supporting the LGBTQ population in Memphis. So, they decided to start their own. Today, Gwendolyn Clemons and Davin Clemons continue to run Relationships...

West Virginia to get $393K from feds for hepatitis detection

Apr. 28, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $393,100 from the federal government to detect the spread of hepatitis. The funding comes as the state deals with one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. Nearly $78,700 of the...

West Virginia's largest city OKs needle exchange ordinance

Apr. 20, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's largest city has passed an ordinance to tightly regulate needle exchange programs that closely resemble legislation recently signed by the governor amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. The move by the Charleston City Council...

West Virginia gov signs needle exchange program regulations

Apr. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday signed a bill to introduce more stringent requirements to needle exchange programs that critics say will make it harder to get clean needles amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. The bill won...

Missouri House backs easing access to HIV prevention drugs

Apr. 13, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to obtain drugs to prevent HIV infection won easy approval in the Missouri House. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Phil Christofanelli, a Republican from St. Peters, would allow people to go to pharmacies to...

West Virginia lawmakers approve needle exchange regulations

Apr. 10, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs gained final approval in the Republican-controlled legislature on Saturday amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. Critics have said its more stringent requirements for the...

Maine eyes easier access to HIV prevention drugs

Apr. 09, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a proposal to require health insurance providers to expand their coverage of HIV prevention drugs. Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn, of Portland, submitted the proposal, which was the subject of a hearing before the Maine...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man had collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been revived...