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Research on LGBT smoking
in Colorado showed of LGBT smokers trying to quit, a quarter of them didn't feel comfortable talking to their doctors about quitting and
only 7% called a the quitline, 1-800-QUITNOW. Almost 1/3 reported they were less likely to call a quitline which didn't offer LGBT coaches. This shows how we need to tailor quitline outreach and services to LGBT people. Luckily CDC is doing just that right now
with their new gay HIV+ Tips From Former Smokers ad and LGBT HealthLink has been active training one of the biggest quitlines
on LGBT cultural competency.
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Transgender veterans were surveyed by the VA, found that a combination of patient advocacy and leadership directed policy change increased their access to care
in VA facilities. And in case we needed any more data to silence anti-trans rhetoric this new study found no negative, but several positive mental health effects
, of testosterone use by transmen.
Lesbian and bisexual women, and women of color, received about half the rate of care
of white heterosexual women in medical assistance to achieve pregnancy; the researchers noted that while often economics are cited for health disparities, this may not be the case in the area of reproductive treatments aimed at pregnancy.
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