A 2005 survey of gay/bisexual men found that 39% had never disclosed their orientation to their healthcare provider and studies have shown similar patterns among lesbian/bisexual women. If you have never come out to your provider, do it. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so or think your provider will react negatively, seek out a provider with whom you can have a more honest and healthier relationship.
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To find a healthcare professional you can trust in your area consult the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association's Provider Directory. The providers listed are generally inclusive of all queer individuals.
To view a complete listing of all 31 Ways in 31 Days, visit our 31 Ways page.
For more information about events going on during LGBT Health Month in the Rochester area, visit our online calendar of events.