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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians

Is your practice LGBT friendly?

Is your practice LGBT friendly?

With an estimated 3.4 percent of Americans identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), creating an LGBT-friendly practice is more important than ever. Providing a welcoming environment, and learning how to appropriately communicate with patients about their sexuality and gender identification, can help you provide the highest standard of care for all of your patients.

The AMA offers resources to help you create an LGBT-friendly practice and learn how to communicate with LGBT patients.

Gay black men still lack resources

Social services and resources to help gay black men are lacking, despite the fact that physical, sexual and emotional abuse among this population is pervasive, argues Robin Lin Miller, PhD, and her team of researchers in an article recently published in the Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services.

The trauma they experience is related to depression, substance abuse and high-risk sexual behavior.

"Young black men who are gay and bisexual have few resources available to them that are tailored to their specific needs and concerns, despite how common these traumatic experiences are," Miller said in an interview with Red Orbit. Unfortunately, the few health care professionals who are available to these men often lack the expertise in their unique experiences.

The study concludes that collaboration among diverse specialists at the local and state levels may help develop innovative and effective prevention, screening and treatment responses to meet the needs of this vulnerable population of young men.