Category Archives: Health

Is Smoking the Greatest Threat to People Living with HIV?

Tobacco kills more HIV-positive D.C. residents than AIDS

Smoking is killing our community. Every year, tobacco-related diseases take more than 30,000 LGBT lives. In Washington, D.C., smoking is responsible for approximately 800 deaths every year, with a disproportionate number of those deaths coming from the LGBT community. Nearly 25 percent of LGBT adults in the United States smoke, compared to only about 17 percent of straight adults. Among […]

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10 Key LGBTQ Health Advocacy Issues

LGBTQ Health Advocacy Issues

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund and the National Coalition for LGBT Health have published a new guide on health issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. Released in advance of the 2016 presidential election, the “10 Key LGBTQ Health Advocacy Priorities Guide” is intended to educate voters on LGBTQ health priorities the two organizations […]

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The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them

The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Fix them

Despite making up more than half of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population, bisexual people are often overlooked and invisible. Bisexual people are frequently assumed to be gay, lesbian, or heterosexual based on the gender of their partner. Yet when bisexual people are open about their sexuality, they face increased levels of violence from intimate partners; rejection by community, family, and […]

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Guides for Newly Insured LGBT Persons and PLWHA

The Pozitively Healthy coalition and the National Coalition for LGBT Health have produced personal guides for newly-insured individuals living with HIV and LGBT individuals, respectively. The “Get Enrolled. Get Engaged. Get Empowered.” guides provide information on navigating the enrollment process , engaging with providers and pharmacists, and empowering yourself in finding specialty care and maximizing benefits. The guides are available […]

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LGBT Community Should Call it Quits

More than a quarter of people in the LGBT community engage in an activity that has significant negative consequences for their health. It can cause debilitating diseases and lead to premature death. It is also something that is preventable—smoking. Smoking causes more deaths in the United States than HIV, illegal drug use and alcohol use combined, and more than 30,000 […]

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LGBT HealthLink Grades States on LGBT Tobacco Integration

LGBT Health Link

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – December 10, 2014 – LGBT HealthLink today announced the first ever grades for state tobacco programs’ LGBT inclusion practices. The grades, based on a survey of best practices originally conducted in 2013 and updated this fall, represent an assessment of the overall progress each state has made in addressing inclusion, including policies, training, data collection, and […]

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Great American Condom Campaign

Great American Condom Campaign

Applications to become a Great American Condom Campaign Spring Semester SafeSite are now open! The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites, individual condom distribution points, […]

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LGBT Healthcare Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

At the 2011 National Coalition for LGBT Health Meeting, LGBT HealthLink’s Director, Dr. Scout, concluded a presentation by suggesting our communities really needed to create a healthcare bill of rights. The response from the experts in attendance was overwhelming; dozens of experts chimed in to concur. In the years since, our healthcare rights have only expanded yet public understanding about […]

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