Addressing HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among LGBTQ People
A Primer for Health Centers
Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: Health Equity, HIV/AIDS, Population Health.
Keywords: LGBTQ, Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Year Developed: 2019
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Outreach Staff
The National LGBT Health Education Center
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Resource Summary: Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face an increased risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The increased risk of HIV and STIs in these populations stems from both social and biological factors.Health center clinicians can help address HIV and STIs among LGBTQ people by screening appropriately based on a comprehensive sexual history, providing culturally appropriate safer sex counseling, and offering biomedical prevention strategies, such as vaccinations and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP).