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Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your provider about being LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for many health issues, and experience barriers to accessing health care. Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your health care provider about being LGBTQ was adapted for a youth audience in order to empower them to “come out” to their health care provider. Inside is information about health issues, as well as support and resources for LGBTQ youth. There is space on the brochure to add your organization’s logo. Thank you to Jeffrey Poirier, PhD for helping adapt the language for the youth update.

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Pregunte y dígalo Series: Poster

This poster was developed as a companion to the Pregunte y dígalo: Hable con su proveedor deatención médica sobre ser LGBT Spanish language patient brochure. The poster can be displayed in exam rooms, waiting areas, and other areas of health centers and healthcare organizations to let patients know that the organization provides a welcoming, inclusive environment of care. There is space on the poster to add your organization's logo.

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Do Ask, Do Tell Series: Poster

This poster was developed as a companion to the Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your health care provider about being LGBT brochure. The poster can be displayed in exam rooms, waiting areas, and other areas of health centers and healthcare organizations to let patients know that the organization provides a welcoming, inclusive environment of care. There is space on the poster to add your organization's logo.

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Pregunte y dígalo: Hable con su proveedor deatención médica sobre ser LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people routinely face stigma and barriers to health care. Pregunte y dígalo: Hable con su proveedor deatención médica sobre ser LGBT was translated into Spanish from our original Do Ask, Do Tell series to empower Latino/a LGBT patients to "come out" to health care providers.  Being open and honest about sexuality and gender identity is important for improving individual health and allowing providers to deliver culturally responsive, cost-effective, patient-centered care.

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Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your provider about being LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people routinely face stigma and barriers to health care. Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your health care provider about being LGBT was developed to empower LGBT patients to "come out" to health care providers.  Being open and honest about sexuality and gender identity is important for improving individual health and allowing providers to deliver culturally responsive, cost-effective, patient-centered care.  There is space on the brochure to add your organization's logo.

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Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities

This document offers a brief but comprehensive overview of the major issues relevant to the health and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The authors discuss LGBT demographics, terminology, and concepts; they also review LGBT health disparities across the life span. Clinicians and health care organizations will learn steps they can take to improve access to patient-centered care for their LGBT patients, including collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity, creating a welcoming environment and providing interventions that respond to LGBT disparities.

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Addressing the Needs of LGBT People in Community Health Centers: What the Governing Board Needs to Know

This two-page brochure offers a brief overview of LGBT people and their health needs written specifically for governing board members of community health centers. Action steps for change are also included.

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Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening Among Lesbians and Bisexual Women

This Fenway Institute analysis examines the heightened risk profile of lesbians and bisexual women, such as lower rates of health insurance coverage and less access to preventive health care, including routine pelvic exams. It also describes efforts in the UK and Australia to promote Pap tests among lesbians, and why it is important to offer Pap tests to some transgender men, many of whom retain a cervix and may be at risk for cervical cancer. Providers should also be trained in broader LGBT health issues, so that they are equipped to provide clinically competent care to lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men in ways that are sensitive and culturally competent.

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Emergency Preparedness and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) People: What Health Centers Need to Know

Health centers often serve as a key resource during a natural disaster or other public health emergency. Before an emergency strikes, it is important for health centers to consider the unique needs and circumstances of vulnerable populations, including LGBT individuals and families in the community.

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Emerging Clinical Issue: Hepatitis C Infection in HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex with Men

Approximately 3.2 million individuals in the United States are infected with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection. While injection drug use is the most common mode of transmission, growing evidence indicates that the virus is also being spread through sexual contact, particularly among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). In this clinical brief, we review what is known about the epidemiology of HCV among HIV-infected MSM, as well as current screening, treatment, and prevention recommendations for HCV.

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