National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week (March 21-25)

Posted March 19, 2022

National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

March 21st – 25th marks National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. The LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately impacted by HIV, and those across the spectrum may be less likely to seek health care because of discrimination. For healthcare providers, working to reduce stigma, discussing sexuality and gender identity in an affirming and inclusive way, and informing patients of PrEP and other preventative measures against HIV is essential to the health and wellness of patients who identify as LGBTQ+. View the CDC’s updated PrEP guidance.

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Join the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health’s Optimizing PrEP in Practice: Guidelines & Clinical Considerations on Thursday, March 24th at 11am EDT with Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, CDC’s Director of the Division of HIV Prevention, as he delves into these updated guidelines and reviews the latest PrEP science. Dr. Anu Hazra will then speak to the clinical considerations of the guidelines from a PrEP provider standpoint, followed by a moderated Q & A session with both faculty. Learn more.

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In honor of National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, we’d like to share the HIV Learning Network webinar HIV Stigma & LBGT Communities by Shawn Demmons, MPH, Director, Pacific AETC – Bay Area, North & Central Coast.

Description: LGBT Communities are disproportionately affected by HIV. Men who have sex with men and transgender people experience stigma and discrimination that can negatively affect their engagement and retention in HIV care and prevention services. In this session, Shawn Demmons, MPH, will discuss and define the different types of stigma that affect these communities and the impact that stigma has on these communities, and discuss strategies to reduce stigma on a intrapersonal, communal and organizational level.

Get the latest data

Among the LGBTQ+ community, gay, bisexual, and other men who reported male-to-male sexual contact are especially affected by HIV. Social and structural issues—such as HIV stigma, homophobia, discrimination, poverty, and limited access to high-quality health care—influence health outcomes and continue to drive inequities. Get the latest data on HIV among gay and bisexual men.
HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men Infographic

Learn more about HIV risk behaviors, incidence, and prevention challenges among gay and bisexual men.

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