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.
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.