Gay Health

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.

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.

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.

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month and the 2018 theme is “Treat Me Right,” which focuses on the relationship between healthcare providers and patients. The CDC has a variety of resources for providers, including a comprehensive guide to taking sexual histories that includes information about LGBTQ patients.

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.

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.

Sexual Minority Youth Have Elevated Suicide Risk

Sexual Minority Youth Have Elevated Suicide Risk

In comparison to their heterosexual peers, sexual minority youth are significantly more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide. This study uses nationally representative data to demonstrate this disparity and to offer suggestions for caretakers and clinicians.

Treating Cancer in the LGBTQ Community

Treating Cancer in the LGBTQ Community

Studies have shown that members of the LGBTQ community are at elevated risk for several cancers. This study surveys oncology providers who treat those cancers on their knowledge of LGBTQ-specific risks and their attitudes toward LGBTQ patients.

LGBTQ Discrimination Impacts Health Care Access

LGBTQ Discrimination Impacts Health Care Access

A 2017 survey done by the Center for American Progress found that LGBTQ people face discrimination in health care settings, that this discrimination can discourage people from seeking out care, and that LGBTQ patients may have difficulty finding alternative treatment.

LGBTQ Affirmation as Care

LGBTQ Affirmation as Care

Tim R. Johnston, Director of National Projects at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders), writes about the importance of providing affirmation in care settings.