Lesbian health

Come Out For Health: National LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 26–30, 2012 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, highlighting the disparities in access to culturally competent care and positive health outcomes between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their heterosexual counterparts. The health of the LGBT community has long been at the heart of Fenway’s mission; and while we have seen great progress, we still have a long journey to true health equity. LGBT people have unique health and wellness needs and continue to be impacted by health disparities. For instance: Compared to other men, MSM are at increased risk of major depression during adolescence and adulthood, 
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Celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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This Valentine’s Day, I was on the T, sitting across from a teenage couple. I was drinking from a water bottle adorned with a sticker that features a picture of a condom and the words, “Just wear it.” The young woman across from me pointed to it, looked over at her male partner, wagged her finger and said, “Look at that sticker! Do you see what it says? You’re going to wear it and I don’t want to hear another thing about it!” I high-fived her as I got off the train. Photo: flickr.com/daquellamanera I was heartened by this brief 
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day

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March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 290,000 women in the United States are living with HIV. While men account for most HIV/AIDS cases, the impact on women and girls with HIV/AIDS is no less severe. Today, women account for more than 
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Policy Focus: Why Gather Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings

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This month The Fenway Institute launched a series of Policy Focus briefs to highlight the importance of gathering sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings. The first, Why gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings explains how gathering such data will help us understand LGBT health disparities, and how it is consistent with key recommendations in Healthy People 2020, the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on LGBT health issues and research gaps, and the Affordable Care Act. Gathering such data in electronic health records (EHRs) is especially important.   Gathering such data is vital 
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Photo: flickr.com/patdavid/

Making Babies without Boys: One Couple’s Journey with Alternative Insemination

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In late 2011, Andrea became a patient at Fenway Health where providers will be a guiding force in helping her and her wife conceive their first child. Soon after deciding to become a mother through insemination, Andrea began blogging the “journey of making babies without boys.” This is an abridged version of a post Andrea wrote in August, 2011. To read the full entry and the stories that followed as Andrea and her wife continue with the Alternative Insemination program and the road to motherhood, visit her blog.  I was surprised at how calm I felt on the drive into 
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