LGBTQ Health Information

LGBTQ people can feel shame and bias.  They may find it hard to receive good health care and have less healthcare options. It is not uncommon to feel that health care providers do not know their health needs.  The list below provides information about health and wellness topics within the LGBTQ community.  While these may not be issues affect everyone, they are important health considerations. 

Cancer


The LGBTQ community experiences some cancers more often.  Lesbian women have a higher risk of getting breast cancers and some gynecological cancers.  Gay and bisexual men have anal cancer more often, more so if HIV-infected.  Tests can be done to check for cancer.  Talk with your healthcare provider about how and when to check for cancer. 

The Jefferson Healthcare Oncology Clinic provides a wide spectrum of cancer care, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, blood products, and other treatments, as well as support services.  To speak with a Jefferson Healthcare cancer specialist or to schedule an appointment, call 360.44.3091 or visit our Oncology Services web page.


Heart Health

LGBTQ individuals need to be taking care of their heart health, particularly if they smoke or use certain hormones.  Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to be heart smart and healthy.

Jefferson Healthcare Cardiac Services has the latest technology in echocardiography, stress ECG, and EKG for diagnostics to assess heart problems.  We are the only hospital on the Olympic Peninsula offering telemetry monitoring to track and analyze irregular heartbeats while you are at home.  To schedule an appointment, call 360.385.2200 x 2100 or visit our Cardiac Services web page for more information.

Infectious Diseases

HIV, Hepatitis and STIs

To reduce the risk of contracting HIV, STIs, certain types of hepatitis, it is important to always practice safe sex by using condoms and dental dams. 

Men who have sex with men, transgender women and bisexuals are at increased risk for viruses that cause hepatitis, a serious liver disease.  Talk to your provider about receiving the hepatitis A and B vaccine and being screened for hepatitis A, B, and C.  If you have hepatitis C, there are new effective treatments with fewer side effects. 

Men who have sex with men are more likely to contract HIV than other groups.  However, anyone who is sexually active is at risk and should be tested annually for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  If you are HIV-infected, we can connect you with a skilled provider.  If you are in a relationship where one of you is HIV-infected, talk to your healthcare provider about options for HIV prevention such as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP which prevent infection if you are exposed to the virus.