Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer & Questioning

If you’re a gay or a transgender, then it is as important for you as anyone else to keep yourself healthy. It’s always good to tell your doctor or nurse if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer & QuestioningIt is convenient for you to discuss your life, relationships and health concerns with your doctor if he is aware about your sexuality, sexual preferences and any genital surgery. They can also keep an eye out for any health problems related to you.

However, gay and bisexual people share the same health needs as heterosexuals, there are some key differences.

According to a research, among gay and bisexuals, higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis and gonorrhea are there.

There are many gays who are suffering from HIV. So, it is always advisable to use condoms while having sex. Early diagnosis of HIV makes a real difference to how well it can be treated, so it’s really important to get tested regularly if you think you may have been at risk.

The risks of catching an STD among lesbians is much lower. Any one-on-one contact, such as oral sex or using the same hand when touching yourself and then your partner, can put you at risk.

Some gays, lesbians and trans* men and women may be less likely to have screening and testing than heterosexuals. The reason behind this could be fear of discrimination, or because they simply don’t think they’re at risk.

When you attend a clinic, then you need not give any personal information about your sexuality to the receptionist.