Lesbian Health

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

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.

Aging with Pride Study Explores Health Outcomes of LGBT Seniors

Aging with Pride Study Explores Health Outcomes of LGBT Seniors

Around 2.7 million U.S. adults over 50 years old identify as LGBT–and that’s expected to nearly double by 2060. The Aging with Pride study is the first federally-funded longitudinal national project designed to understand the health of older LGBT adults.

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

Even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, many vets still feel uncomfortable seeking care at the VA. One organization is seeking to address this issue with mental health and substance abuse treatment that requires staff to have cultural competency for military and LGBTQ communities.

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

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.

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

A recent study looked at the relationship between support for same-sex marriage in local communities in Australia and LGB health and wellbeing. Poor levels of social support were an important mechanism linking community support of same-sex marriage to the health of LGB people.

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

Psychosocial Stressors and Sexual Health of Sexual Minority African American Women

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.

Lesbians and Bisexual Women May Have Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Lesbians and Bisexual Women May Have Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.