Queer Health

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.

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.

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.

Transgender Men, Pregnancy, and the Role of Health Care Providers

Transgender Men, Pregnancy, and the Role of Health Care Providers

Transgender men and other gender nonconforming people have a variety of experiences with and values around reproduction. The authors of this study examined the experiences of transgender men around pregnancy and reproduction, including their healthcare needs and external factors that impact their experiences.

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.

Barrier Devices and Adolescent Female-to-Female Sex

Barrier Devices and Adolescent Female-to-Female Sex

Lesbian and bisexual girls are at higher risk for STIs and adolescent pregnancy than their heterosexual peers. Authors of this study find four key factors that lead to decisions not to use barriers in female-to-female sex among sexual minority adolescent girls.