Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

For transgender youth with chosen names that differ from the one given to them at birth, use of their chosen name in multiple contexts is associated with reduced mental health risks, according to a recent study. Providers and other people who interact with trans youth can support them and their mental health by using their chosen name.

LGBT Content in Health Assessment Textbooks

LGBT Content in Health Assessment Textbooks

A new study evaluated nursing textbooks for LGBT inclusivity and found very little relevant content, especially content that demonstrated deeper understanding of LGBT health concerns. Textbook content is important in guiding discussions and promoting inclusivity, and providers would benefit from improvements in training and education around LGBT-specific issues.

LGB Adults More Likely to Have Poor Cardiovascular Health

LGB Adults More Likely to Have Poor Cardiovascular Health

Researchers analyzed responses to relevant questions (such as those about smoking habits, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels) and found that 55% of gay men and lesbians and 43.8% of bisexuals were in poor cardiovascular health, compared to 39.9% of heterosexuals.

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Lack of visibility of trans and gender nonconforming (T/GNC) people in the healthcare literature and databases is a serious public health problem. Broad studies of T/GNC people like the one reported here are needed to relay information about the health needs of elderly and disabled T/GNC communities, which face incredible inequity and disparity.

Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Need for Long-Term Studies

Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Need for Long-Term Studies

Researchers found that short-term hormone therapy is safe with provider supervision, but there are few studies that examine longer term effects. This is crucial, as many transgender individuals remain on HRT for the rest of their lives.

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

New data from two clinical trials confirm suspicions that vaginal ring HIV prevention works better than originally observed. However, research must be built, conducted and disseminated in a way that gives service providers the tools and language they need to empower decision-making in all consumers, regardless of gender expression or sexual preferences.

Helping Trans People Access Healthcare

Helping Trans People Access Healthcare

Trans Buddy is a community of volunteers in Tennessee who are trained to support trans patients and help them through healthcare encounters. This is especially needed in the South, where uninsured rates are high and trans people frequently face healthcare discrimination.

Queering the CUES: Doing More for LGBTQ+ Drug Users in Philadelphia

Queering the CUES: Doing More for LGBTQ+ Drug Users in Philadelphia

Engagement and injection sites need to be safe and free from stigma, and they need to be inclusive of LGBTQ+ users who seek their services. LGBTQ+ users need a voice at the table as planning for Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES) in Philadelphia moves forward.

PrEP and Disability Insurance: It's Everybody's Issue

PrEP and Disability Insurance: It's Everybody's Issue

More people have access to Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention than ever before, but stigmatizing barriers and misinformation remain. PrEP and PEP are not just for gay men, and when taken correctly, are effective at preventing HIV infection in all people.

Induced Lactation Allows Transgender Woman to Breastfeed Her Baby

Induced Lactation Allows Transgender Woman to Breastfeed Her Baby

Practitioners at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery have successfully induced lactation in their 30 year old patient, a transgender women who wanted to breastfeed her newborn baby.

Military Healthcare Providers and LGB Patients

Military Healthcare Providers and LGB Patients

Though it is estimated that approximately 2% of active duty military personnel identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, there doesn’t exist much data on the healthcare needs of LGB servicemembers. This study explores the attitudes and knowledge that military healthcare providers have about serving active duty (AD) LGB patients.

Why Fewer Young People are Getting Tested for HIV

Why Fewer Young People are Getting Tested for HIV

A new study lists the reasons that young people of various demographic groups, including sexual minorities, are less likely to be tested for HIV than older adults are.