10 stories for National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week
The 20th annual National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week is being recognized from March 21 to 25.
As announced by the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health, this year’s theme is “Live out Loud for LGBTQ Health.”
“The theme encourages everyone to speak openly about LGBTQ health, providing an umbrella under which to discuss and raise awareness of mental health, trans health, and ending stigma through accessible, affirming, and inclusive health care services so that everyone can fully live their truth and a healthy life,” the coalition said.
To mark the occasion, we compiled a list of 10 recent stories about LGBTQ health.
Consider PrEP, hormonal therapy to address health disparities in LGBTQ patients
A speaker at a meeting last year offered practical tips that physicians can consider when treating LGBTQ patients, including screening recommendations, when to prescribe HIV PrEP, how to manage patients receiving cross-sex hormone therapy, and more. Read more.
Ending STD epidemic in MSM requires ‘the action of many’
STDs are an ongoing and significant public health challenge in the United States, especially among men who have sex with men, who account for a higher incidence of primary and secondary syphilis and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea than women and men who have sex with women only. Read more.
‘Culturally competent’ transgender health care starts with clinicians
Rough estimates show that there are between 1 million and 1.4 million transgender adults living in the U.S., representing an underserved community who face considerable barriers to care, including a lack of access to “culturally competent” health care — providers who are responsive to the unique needs and concerns of transgender patients. Read more.
Pediatricians play ‘critical’ role in care of transgender youths
Pediatricians play a “critical” role in supporting transgender youths and their families, a relationship based on trust that has been built up over years. Read more.
AACE ‘strongly opposes’ government policies prohibiting transgender care for adolescents
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology is opposing legislation to limit access to transgender care for adolescents and criminalize health care professionals providing transgender care for youths, according to a press release. Read more.
Q&A: EHR changes could improve care of LGBTQIA+ patients
Research has shown that many patients in the LGBTQIA+ community experience health care discrimination and avoid health care out of fear of mistreatment. Read more.
MSM with HIV have elevated incidence of anal cancer
Patients with HIV demonstrated a significantly elevated incidence of anal cancer, with a particularly high risk among patients with AIDS, men who have sex with men, and older patients. Read more.
Anal HPV prevalence high among young MSM regardless of HIV status
Anal HPV prevalence is high among men who have sex with men regardless of their HIV status compared with prevalence among men who have sex with women. Read more.
New study highlights inequities in HIV care among MSM
There was no overall change in the estimated number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men MSM between 2010 and 2019, during which time infections decreased significantly among white MSM during this period, in fact, but not among Black or Hispanic/Latino MSM. Read more.
Gay and lesbian adults report high COVID-19 vaccine coverage
Gay and lesbian adults in the United States reported higher levels of COVID-19 vaccination and vaccine confidence than heterosexual adults, according to CDC data. Read more.