Intimate Partner Violence in Same-Sex Male Couples

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has primarily been associated with women in heterosexual relationships, but this study demonstrates the importance of studying IPV in other kinds of relationships. The authors of the study note that this research has important public health implications.

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July 3, 2018

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.

June 27, 2018

Transgender Patient Care at Breast Imaging Facilities

A recent study assessed transgender patient experience and medical care at breast imaging facilities across the US. They found that many facilities lack policies for treating trans patients and may not have the needed training or structure to provide quality care.

June 19, 2018

AMA Adopts Policies for Transgender Prisoners and LGBT Family Leave

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.

March 27, 2018

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.

March 22, 2018

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Lack of visibility of trans and gender nonconforming (T/GNC) people in the healthcare literature and databases is a serious public health problem. Broad studies of T/GNC people like the one reported here are needed to relay information about the health needs of elderly and disabled T/GNC communities, which face incredible inequity and disparity.

March 20, 2018

Trends in Gender-Affirming Surgeries Among Transgender Patients

Gender identity data collection is necessary to assess and improve treatments. This study used data between 2000 and 2014 and found an increase in gender-affirming surgeries among transgender patients.

March 14, 2018

Supporting LGBTQ Youth at School

A new survey in the American Journal of Public Health this month highlights changes across eight domains of youth LGBTQ student support in public secondary schools in 37 different states from 2008-14.

March 13, 2018

Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Need for Long-Term Studies

Researchers found that short-term hormone therapy is safe with provider supervision, but there are few studies that examine longer term effects. This is crucial, as many transgender individuals remain on HRT for the rest of their lives.

March 8, 2018

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

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.

March 6, 2018

Helping Trans People Access Healthcare

Trans Buddy is a community of volunteers in Tennessee who are trained to support trans patients and help them through healthcare encounters. This is especially needed in the South, where uninsured rates are high and trans people frequently face healthcare discrimination.

March 1, 2018

Queering the CUES: Doing More for LGBTQ+ Drug Users in Philadelphia

Engagement and injection sites need to be safe and free from stigma, and they need to be inclusive of LGBTQ+ users who seek their services. LGBTQ+ users need a voice at the table as planning for Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES) in Philadelphia moves forward.

February 27, 2018

Taking Care of Intersex Patients

Frequently, medical care for intersex patients is focused on childhood surgeries. Kimberly Zieselman, the Executive Director at interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, writes about the needs and desires of intersex patients.

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