Top Health Issues for the LGBT Community

The LGBT community faces unique health challenges, yet they often receive poorer quality care because of stigma, insensitivity, and lack of provider awareness. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta, our team offers compassionate and comprehensive health care services for everyone in our community, including those who identify as LGBT, in a comfortable and caring environment built on trust.

Here are a few of the top health issues in the LGBT community and how we can help.

Physical health 

As many as 90% of LGBT teens have reservations discussing their sexual orientation with their doctor. This discomfort can continue from adolescence well into adulthood. 

When you have a lack of access to gender/sex-specific health care, it can take a toll on your physical health. As a result, the LGBT community has higher risks of several physical health problems, including:

You can reduce your chances of these issues by having a physical exam at our clinic with a provider you can trust in a safe environment. And, if we identify any potential issues, we can work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy designed to support your whole-body health.

Sexual health

If you engage in sexual activity, it’s crucial to take steps to protect your sexual health. However, it’s even more essential for the LGBT community. Research shows that LGBT youth are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, which increase their chances of sexually transmitted diseases, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV\AIDS. 

We recommend regular STD testing for anyone having sexual contact, regardless of your sexual orientation. The frequency and specific screenings during your visit might vary, depending on your age and lifestyle. For example, if you are a sexually active gay or bisexual man with multiple partners, you should undergo testing every three to six months.

There are also higher rates of sexual violence and forced sexual encounters among the LGBT community, with 41% of LGBT teens reporting these experiences already. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta, you can always feel comfortable sharing sensitive information, so we can provide the help you need and protect your sexual health.

Mental health

Unfortunately, your sexual orientation can also significantly increase your emotional stress as well and impact your quality of life. These challenges can increase instances of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and suicide. 

People who identify as LGBT also experience higher rates of:

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta, we specialize in comprehensive family care medicine, including those affecting your mental health. During your visit, you can expect to find a safe and comfortable environment where you can share personal and sensitive information with someone you trust. We also make it easy for you to receive health care immediately, thanks to our walk-in, same-day, and urgent care services.

To learn more about common health issues for the LGBT community or to schedule an appointment, contact us by calling 678-904-5611 or by booking online today.

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