Intimate Partner Violence in Same-Sex Male Couples

Intimate Partner Violence in Same-Sex Male Couples

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has primarily been associated with women in heterosexual relationships, but this study demonstrates the importance of studying IPV in other kinds of relationships. The authors of the study note that this research has important public health implications.

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

There is a higher prevalence of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in the LGBT community. A new report addresses the reason for this disparity and the ways providers can address it.

Pediatricians and Gender Dysphoric Youth

Pediatricians and Gender Dysphoric Youth

There is an increasing number of youth seeking medical care for gender dysphoria but very little pediatrician knowledge on the subject. Provider training may be a helpful way to improve health outcomes for these patients.

Aging with Pride Study Explores Health Outcomes of LGBT Seniors

Aging with Pride Study Explores Health Outcomes of LGBT Seniors

Around 2.7 million U.S. adults over 50 years old identify as LGBT–and that’s expected to nearly double by 2060. The Aging with Pride study is the first federally-funded longitudinal national project designed to understand the health of older LGBT adults.

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

Even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, many vets still feel uncomfortable seeking care at the VA. One organization is seeking to address this issue with mental health and substance abuse treatment that requires staff to have cultural competency for military and LGBTQ communities.

Transgender Patient Care at Breast Imaging Facilities

Transgender Patient Care at Breast Imaging Facilities

A recent study assessed transgender patient experience and medical care at breast imaging facilities across the US. They found that many facilities lack policies for treating trans patients and may not have the needed training or structure to provide quality care.

The Moral Hazard Paradox of PrEP and Condom Use

The Moral Hazard Paradox of PrEP and Condom Use

A recent study out of Australia now represents one of the strongest evidence bases for the association between PrEP and decreased condom use in men who have sex with men (MSM). How does a moral hazard framework impact stigma and harm reduction principles in HIV prevention?

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

An Australian study found that very few same-sex attracted women (SSAW) utilize treatment for alcohol and mental health related issues, despite increased rates of related problems. The authors suggest that the enabling of SSAW to have a regular doctor could improve service use and that patients should feel comfortable disclosing sexual identity to their provider, as this is also predictive of treatment use.

Questions for BRCA1+ Trans-Feminine Youth

Questions for BRCA1+ Trans-Feminine Youth

A new case study this week in the journal LGBT Health explores the story of a trans-feminine youth identified as BRCA1+ at the onset of hormone therapy. Little is known about best practices for BRCA1+ trans youth, even though many physical and hormonal considerations exist. This case presents an emotional and personal justification for the visibility of trans lives in research and care recommendations.

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

A recent study looked at the relationship between support for same-sex marriage in local communities in Australia and LGB health and wellbeing. Poor levels of social support were an important mechanism linking community support of same-sex marriage to the health of LGB people.

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

A study of Southern sexual minority African American women found associations between psychosocial stressors (depressive symptoms, incarceration, intimate partner violence) and STI history. The authors make recommendations for healthcare providers on treating this population for both mental health and sexual health.

Lesbians and Bisexual Women May Have Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Lesbians and Bisexual Women May Have Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

This study found that lesbian and bisexual (LB) women have a 27% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In addition to behavioral factors, minority stress and social stigma may be influencing LB women’s BMI, which completely explained the relationship between sexual orientation and type 2 diabetes.

Telemedicine for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Patients

Telemedicine for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Patients

In rural areas with little opportunity for finding alternate providers, telemedicine offers a way to reach patients who might otherwise avoid care. Telemedicine for trans and gender nonconforming patients is one promising way to reduce financial and emotional burdens.

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

For older individuals struggling with gender identity, mental healthcare providers are often a primary entry point into the healthcare system. New research suggests hidden strengths: integration of family-centered and interdisciplinary care teams.

HIV Care for Trans Women

HIV Care for Trans Women

The Fenway Institute published a guide on how providers can help trans women living with HIV remain in care and achieve better health outcomes. Here we explore the barriers that these patients face and the ways that healthcare professionals might help patients overcome them.

Providing Healthcare for Genderqueer and Nonbinary Patients

Providing Healthcare for Genderqueer and Nonbinary Patients

Genderqueer/nonbinary individuals face even higher rates of discrimination in healthcare settings than their binary transgender peers. This study investigates the healthcare experiences of some of these patients and provides recommendations for providers.