Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons (LGBT) represent a vulnerable population that experiences a disproportionate burden of health disparities. They experience worse health outcomes relative to sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Several factors contribute to these disparities, one of which is low healthcare utilization [9-10].
- Men that who have sex with men (MSM) have an anal cancer rate that is 9 times higher than their heterosexual counterparts .
- LGBT people have higher rates of disability, asthma, and cardiovascular disease [2-5].T
- he LGBT population experiences higher rates of mental illness, obesity, substance abuse, and cigarette smoking [3,5-8].