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.
New data from two clinical trials confirm suspicions that vaginal ring HIV prevention works better than originally observed. However, research must be built, conducted and disseminated in a way that gives service providers the tools and language they need to empower decision-making in all consumers, regardless of gender expression or sexual preferences.