Many people are not aware that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face unique health risks, such as higher smoking rates, a greater risk of suicide attempts and a higher chance of getting certain sexually transmitted diseases.
Talking with your provider can help you overcome these issues and get the care you need most. Being open about your sexual orientation, sexual behavior and gender identity not only helps your provider, it helps you!
I don’t want anyone besides my provider to know that I’m gay/lesbian/bi/trans. Will this information be shared?
Your provider will keep conversations you have confidential. Your healthcare provider is bound by laws and policies to keep your information private.
What if my provider uses the wrong terms or pronouns when referring to me or my spouse/partner?
Providers may not always know what terms you prefer to use. Let them know how you describe yourself and your partner(s), and they should start to use those words.
What if I still don’t feel comfortable coming out to my current provider?
There are several ways to find a provider you connect with. To start, you can talk to friends or use the resources in this brochure. Finding a provider you are comfortable with is essential to your all-around health and wellness.
Adelante Healthcare is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Public Health Service organization under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). Adelante is an Equal Opportunity Employer.