What Doctors Don’t Know About LGBTQ Health

What Doctors Don’t Know About LGBTQ Health

Medicine has not traditionally been very kind to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) people. Homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973, but doctors attempt “treat” it even today. For this reason Merritt Health and Wellness strives to direct patients needing LGBTQ competent care to Kelly Washburn, NPKelly Washburn is an LGBTQ specialist as well as a primary care provider. MHW pairs LGBTQ individuals with a knowledgeable provider specializing in their personal health needs.

Doctor appointments can be stressful and scary for LGBTQ.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LGBTQ individuals often face worse health outcomes than their straight, cisgender counterparts. To give only a few examples, lesbians are less likely to get preventative services for cancer. Queer and trans youth face high rates of suicide and homelessness. Gay men of color are at higher risk of STIs. LGBT populations have high rates of drug and alcohol use. Despite this, LGBT folks are less likely to have access to adequate healthcare and social services. Lastly, due to high poverty rates and discrimination by health care providers.

Research and understanding of LGBTQ healthcare has improved. But the social stigma and discrimination towards LGBTQ people leads to health disparities. Thus putting them at higher risk for certain conditions. This is also the case with those who are gender non-conforming.

Knowing the particular health concerns of the LGBTQ.

LGBTQ individuals, we know, face disparities in mental health care. They are much more likely to attempt and succeed at committing suicide. Also they’re more likely to have eating disorders, more likely to have certain kinds of cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. All of these things lead to increased morbidity and mortality in the LGBTQ community.

MHW strives to provide the best health care for the individuals diverse community. One important way we accomplish this mission is by maintaining a culture of respect. MHW’s goal is for inclusion and equal treatment for LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

Merritt Health and Wellness serves the full spectrum of Portland’s LGBTQ+ community.

From patients with employer-sponsored health insurance to Medicaid and Medicare clients. Patients do not have to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to receive care. But services are available for LGBTQ patients. This includes focusing on the sensitive issues of sexual minorities and their families and friends.

For more information visit our FAQ page HERE about insurances we are in network with. Or to make an appointment click HERE.