Queer Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.