There is a higher prevalence of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in the LGBT community. A new report addresses the reason for this disparity and the ways providers can address it.
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.
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.
Lack of visibility of trans and gender nonconforming (T/GNC) people in the healthcare literature and databases is a serious public health problem. Broad studies of T/GNC people like the one reported here are needed to relay information about the health needs of elderly and disabled T/GNC communities, which face incredible inequity and disparity.