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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health

Even though LGBT communities are very diverse — including individuals of every race, sex, gender and class — research shows that there are certain health concerns common among lesbian and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, trans women, and trans men that are important for LGBT individuals and health care providers to be aware of.

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LGBT Resources at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine values and embraces the diversity of its community — neighbors, patients, families, faculty, staff, students and trainees. We are committed to ensuring that patient care, service delivery and the healing environment are designed in a way that respects the individuality of all employees, patients and visitors.

View a listing of resources available to LGBT students, researchers and allies at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

LGBT Health Concerns

Coming Out to Providers

Coming out, the act of disclosing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is often an ongoing process and even a daily occurrence for many LGBT individuals. Most people think it only includes telling friends and family, and may not realize just how helpful it is for LGBT individuals to also come out to their health care providers. Sharing this information with providers means that LGBT people are more likely to receive comprehensive health care based on their own specific needs and risks.

Unfortunately, fear of discrimination and the intimate nature of health care environments may make it uncomfortable and even unnerving for some individuals to disclose their sexual or gender identity in the health care setting. For that reason, organizations like GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality are available to help LGBT individuals find knowledgeable, supportive, caring and compassionate providers in their community.

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Expert Answers

Looking for a health care provider is never easy, but for LGBT individuals, the search is especially challenging. Paula M. Neira, a nurse educator, lawyer and former naval officer, explains the importance of coming out and offers advice for finding the right doctor.

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Behavior Versus Orientation

Not all individuals who participate in same-sex sexual behavior or relationships identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. In information about health concerns, the terms “men who have sex with men” (MSM) and “women who have sex with women” (WSW) may be used to identify individuals by their sexual behavior rather than identity. It is important to understand that it is behavior and not orientation/identity that puts people more or less at risk for certain health concerns and conditions.

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Embracing the Rainbow

Medical students are often inadequately trained to address the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients. Learn about the efforts underway at Johns Hopkins to modernize the medical curriculum and help physicians better serve the LGBT community.

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Health Concerns by Group

And while they may not apply to everyone, certain health concerns and conditions are commonly found among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. And while the following may not apply to everyone, it is important for all LGBT individuals to understand the risks and concerns specific to them.

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