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.
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.
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.