Heart Bugs

Dear Dr. Eva, I’m on several new prescription medicines since I had a heart attack six months ago. I’m still not back to my normal strength, and I seem to get a lot of colds. I saw in the PDR that the side effects of both Coreg (carvedilol) and Plavix (clopidigrel) include bronchitis and upper respiratory infections! Is that why I get so many colds? RH   Dear RH, In case some readers don’t know, the PDR is the Physicians Desk Reference, a common reference book, available in public libraries. Based on what it says in the PDR, I can […]

Chemistry – the Elixir

You know that high, unbelievably energizing feeling of being drawn to another person? Not easily analyzed, or explained, but delicious nonetheless? It is what we all call chemistry, and it is how connections originate, whether short-lived or long-term. In all the years of working with people in relationships, I have come to be privy to how they met, what it was like to be drawn to others, and how then a connection gets stronger or fizzles out. Sometimes the fizzle takes years, but still, other factors keep people together. The bottom line is that we all want that emotional connection, […]

More Than $150,000 Raised to Support HIV Services

The AIDS Walk & Music Festival Baltimore 2019 surpassed its goal to raise $150,000 to support HIV services of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners.  More than 500 walkers, sponsors, performers, and volunteers gathered at Power Plant Live! on Sunday, June 9th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Chase Brexton head Patrick Mutch, special guest Montel Williams, and emcees Kai Jackson and Brandi Proctor of WBFF Fox 45. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30th; visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution. “So many runners, walkers, volunteers, and teams […]

Exploring New Territory

Image credit: The Pacific Center Dear Andre, I’m a queer non-binary person in my early 30s, and I was recently approached by a woman in her early 20s who’s interested in pursuing a relationship with me. Despite the age difference she seems mature and level headed, and I’m totally attracted to her. However, she’s completely new to her queer identity, and I would be the first non-cis male she’s slept with. I’ve actually never “taken someone’s virginity” (ick), and I know that’s not exactly what’s happening here, but I do feel personally invested in making sure she’s okay. How do […]

No Time to Cook?

Not only do you need to work out your body, but you also need to fuel it properly to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. This spring, Youfit Health Clubs brought Lindsey Gass, a registered dietician, on to the team to provide professional knowledge and insight into the food portion of the health and wellness path. Summer can have schedules all out of whack (in a good way – hey there, beach vacation!) where it’s easy to make unhealthy decisions. Lindsey has just the ticket for you to eat healthier this summer and that ticket is meal replacement shakes. […]

Summer Skin and Summer Penis Summer has some special ‘Season’s greetings’ in store for your privates!

Dear Dr. Eva, Every summer I get an itchy rash in my crotch area, sometimes also in my underarms and below my belly. I have been given creams for this, but they only relieve the itch, not the rash and then the itch comes back as soon as I run out of cream. What can I do to get rid of this for good? Summer Rash   Dear Summer, The rash you are describing is called intertrigo or intertriginous dermatitis – which is just Latin for irritated skin folds. This can occur anywhere on the body where folds of skin […]

Self-Talk is Your Friend

Our minds do not like to be idle or shut down. If you have tried to relax, meditate or just push the off-button to go to sleep, you have experienced the frustration in this. In fact, worrying per say is an activity that keeps it occupied, adding more angst to the whole process. To be sure, all brain activity does not produce what we don’t want to acknowledge: It also leads to solving problems, creativity, introspection and greater insight into ourselves, all needed for healthy lives. The self-talk I want to focus on is the negative kind that is not […]

June is Men’s Health Month

First off … Happy Pride! I came out to myself and a few friends in 1987. The year 1988 saw me in my first Pride parade dressed in my Boy Scout uniform in order to make a statement. A lot has happened in the 32 years since coming out and I am proud of our community on a global and local level! I honor those who came before me to fight for the rights I had when I came out so that I may fight for the rights we now enjoy and hope that people today won’t personally experience the […]

National Honor our LGBT Elders Day

It was a night of laughter, inspiration, and recognition, as more than 100 friends, family, and community members met at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, May 16th to celebrate National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. The evening, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care (LHRC) and emceed by State Senator Mary Washington, featured community members sharing inspirational stories of an LGBTQ elder who made a difference in their life. Speakers included: Franklin N. McNeil, Jr., honoring T. Calhoun (Cal) Strawhand; Jabari Lyles honoring Kay Halle; Vann Michael honoring Ross Avery Walker; Betsy Cerulo honoring Cheryl […]

Montel Williams Talks AIDS Walk & Music Fest

Baltimore’s own Montel Williams will take steps against HIV and AIDS in Charm City at the Baltimore AIDS Walk & Music Festival this Sunday, June 9th at Power Plant Live. Join the beloved television personality as he helps Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners raise funds to end HIV and AIDS in his hometown by registering today at Baltimoreaidswalk.org. We asked Montel to discuss his history in talking about HIV and AIDS, and how he’s seen that conversation change in the past few decades. You’ve been a longtime supporter of the fight against HIV and AIDS. What has fueled […]