10 stories for National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

March 21, 2022

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The 20th National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week is celebrated from March 21-25.

As announced by the National LGBTQ Health Coalition, this year’s theme is “Live Out Loud for LGBTQ Health.”

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“The theme encourages everyone to talk openly about LGBTQ health, providing a framework under which to discuss and raise awareness about mental health, trans health, and ending stigma through accessible, affirming health care services. and inclusive so that everyone can fully live their truth and a healthy life,” the coalition said.

To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 10 recent stories about LGBTQ health.

Consider Preperationhormone therapy to address health disparities in LGBTQ patients

A speaker at a meeting last year offered practical tips doctors can consider when treating LGBTQ patients, including recommendations for testing, when to prescribe HIV PrEP, how to manage patients receiving transgender hormone therapy, and more. Read more.

Ending the epidemic of STDs among MSM requires “many action”

STDs are an ongoing and significant public health challenge in the United States, particularly 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 having sex only with women. 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 United States, representing an underserved community that faces significant barriers to care, including a lack of access to “culturally competent” health care – providers who are sensitive to the unique needs and concerns of transgender patients. Read more.

Pediatricians play ‘essential’ role in caring for transgender youth

Paediatricians play an “essential” role in supporting transgender youth and their families, a relationship based on trust that has been built over the years. Read more.

AACE ‘strongly opposes’ government policies banning transgender care for teens

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology opposes legislation to limit access to transgender care for teens and criminalize healthcare professionals providing transgender care to youth, according to a press release. Read more.

Q&A: EHR changes could improve care for LGBTQIA+ patients

Research has shown that many patients in the LGBTQIA+ community experience healthcare discrimination and avoid healthcare for fear of abuse. Read more.

MSM with HIV have a high incidence of anal cancer

HIV-positive patients had a significantly elevated incidence of anal cancer, with a particularly high risk in AIDS patients, men who have sex with men, and elderly patients. Read more.

Prevalence of anal HPV high among young MSM, regardless of their serological status

The prevalence of anal HPV is high among men who have sex with men, regardless of their HIV status, compared to the 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 MSM between 2010 and 2019, during which time infections declined significantly among white MSM during this period, in fact, but not among blacks or Hispanics/Latinos. MSM. Read more.

Gay and lesbian adults report high COVID-19 vaccination coverage

According to CDC data, gay and lesbian adults in the United States have reported higher levels of COVID-19 vaccination and confidence in vaccines than heterosexual adults. Read more.

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