Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations have unique health experiences and needs. LGBT individuals and communities need up-to-date information about potential health risks in order to stay healthy and get appropriate help and treatment, when needed.
A new SAMHSA resource, Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit, can help you learn more about important physical and behavioral health issues that are common among LGBT populations. Topics covered include sexual health, substance abuse, cancer, mental health, heart disease, and others. The more you know, the more you can take care of yourself by maintaining healthy behaviors, getting routine medical exams, and talking to your doctor or health professional about questions or concerns you may have about your health.
The kit contains seven informational fact sheets, as well as PowerPoint slides that can be used to educate others in your community. These materials focus on:
- Important LGBT terms and definitions;
- Gender identity;
- Top physical and behavioral health issues among lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender individuals; and
- Web-based resources that are available for more information.
Get the Facts
Download the kit and learn about health trends and issues that could affect you and other people you know:
- Studies suggest that gay and bisexual men are more likely to report having a sexually transmitted infection than are people of other sexual orientations, and bisexual women are more likely to report higher risk sexual behaviors than heterosexual women.
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts are generally higher for the LGBT community than heterosexuals, and current research suggests such thoughts are widely reported by transgender individuals.
- Smoking - a behavior that increases the risk for both heart disease and cancer - is more common among bisexuals, lesbians, and gay men than the general population, and heavy drinking and alcohol abuse are areas of concern across LGBT populations.
This resource represents an important part of SAMHSA’s commitment to addressing behavioral health disparities among vulnerable populations, such as LGBT Americans, and to improving the access, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health services nationwide, also a vision of SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity.
Other audiences - including health professionals and prevention specialists - can also benefit from downloading and using the Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit.
Last updated: 6/26/2012