Extensive LGBT Health Guide

Acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals is continually growing in many aspects of society. This safer atmosphere makes it easier for youth to embrace their sexuality and come out to family and friends. Unfortunately, even with the openness and support of online groups and organizations, suicide risks and mental illnesses are still shockingly high in the LGBT community. Even in a perfect world, where stereotyping, homophobia, and oppression did not exist, discovering that you are different from the majority of people is a difficult process. While lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people struggle to understand why they feel a certain way, they might begin to shut themselves off from the world. Peers can severely tease and bully them, and developing friendships could be confusing and overwhelming. A sense of loneliness, defeat, and sadness could grow and turn into depression. As a result, suicide risks increase. The high stress of dealing with self-esteem issues can also place a person at greater risk of developing addictions, eating disorders, and anxiety problems. Stress can also cause more medically obvious problems with the body, as it’s often linked to the development and persistence of cancer. Acceptance is the first step in helping anyone in the LGBT community, but knowing the health risks will help nurses stay proactive and identify symptoms.

LGBT Suicide Risks and Mental Health Concerns

AIDS, HIV and STD Risks

  • HRC Issue Brief: HIV/AIDS and the LGBT Community – HIV and AIDS continues to be a serious problem for many Americans, and continues to affect those in the LGBT community. In major cities, one in five gay and bisexual men are living with HIV.
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Safe Sex – While the risks of getting an STD are lower for lesbian women, the risks are still there. Being proactive and educating patients on sexual diseases is the best way to prevent exposure.
  • Young. Proud. Safe. A Safer Sex Guide for Young Gay and Bisexual Men – Safer sex is practicing preventative behaviors and continually learning new STD information. STDs can be passed depending on the type of sex; know the risks and preventative steps.
  • The 6 Most Common STDs in Men– Here are the six common STDs found in men; knowing the symptoms can help you identify and get medical help immediately.

Additional Health Information

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health– Young teens can thrive in healthy environments, and it is important for schools and parents to get involved to provide a safe-place for youth.
  • Additional Info About Anxiety –  The high stress of dealing with self-esteem issues can also place a person at greater risk of developing anxiety.
  • Health Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth (PDF) – Understanding the basic facts of sexual orientation will give you a comprehensive idea of what questioning teens are dealing with mentally on-top of everyday things. Being discriminated against, teased, and feeling ashamed plays a role in the mental, physical, emotional health of a person.
  • LGBT Health: The Issues – There are many concerns in the LGBT community; LGBT have a higher risk of STDs, becoming homeless, suicide, and victimization.
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Health – From cancer to STD’s, there are health concerns that women need to be aware of so they can make safe choices and be prepared to act.
  • The LGBT Community’s Disproportionate Cancer Burden – Stress factors play an integral role in the long-term health of LGBT individuals and can lead to an increased risk of getting multiple types of cancer.
  • Top Ten Health Concerns for Transgender Individuals – It’s important to remember the “T” in LGBT and recognize transgender people, who have their own health concerns and priorities.