Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.
In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the Office of the Surgeon General and the CDC have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities
. The video, which also promotes the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking, shows how the tobacco industry has targeted us by mixing LGBT civil rights messages into their ads. National Adult Tobacco Survey
data were also released this week, showing 30.8% of LGBT people use tobacco products, compared to 20.5% of non-LGBT people.
Two more states added to the ranks of the six existing ones who prohibit insurers from denying trans related care. So if you’re trans and moving, now you can think about moving to Washington
too. In related news, the Associated Press did a nice story about the New York lawsuit
demanding trans coverage from Medicaid.
Whoever said that bisexuals have the “best of both worlds” has not looked at the status of their health. According to the new CDC report, men who have sex with both men and women are at greater risk for contracting HIV than heterosexual men and less likely than gay men to get tested. Condom use is lower in bisexual men and they are also more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections.
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released this week looking at sexual safety and security among young African American bisexual women, found three recurring themes: community and institutional expectations limited their safety, emotional connectedness affected security, and participants changed sexual behaviors to manage risk. The study suggested ways nurses can use this information to provide better care. Bisexual people may feel unwelcome and misunderstood by peers
and society, which generally results in the lack of positive health outcomes.