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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.