The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted two policies related to LGBTQ issues, one urging appropriate placement of transgender prisoners and one supporting inclusive leave policies for LGBTQ workers.
A recent study out of Australia now represents one of the strongest evidence bases for the association between PrEP and decreased condom use in men who have sex with men (MSM). How does a moral hazard framework impact stigma and harm reduction principles in HIV prevention?
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 new case study this week in the journal LGBT Health explores the story of a trans-feminine youth identified as BRCA1+ at the onset of hormone therapy. Little is known about best practices for BRCA1+ trans youth, even though many physical and hormonal considerations exist. This case presents an emotional and personal justification for the visibility of trans lives in research and care recommendations.
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.
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.
Following a 2017 survey in partnership with the University of Connecticut, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) just released one of the largest comprehensive reports on the state of LGBTQ youth in the United States. QSPACES is here to breakdown some healthcare highlights.
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.
It's been an important few days for Truvada, the once-daily pill for HIV prevention, more commonly known as PrEP. On May 15th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada for PrEP for HIV prevention in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kg.
In rural areas with little opportunity for finding alternate providers, telemedicine offers a way to reach patients who might otherwise avoid care. Telemedicine for trans and gender nonconforming patients is one promising way to reduce financial and emotional burdens.