• Blog post: Use clean needles.

    Mar 28, 2010 / Posted by Allegra8 comments

    Use clean needles.

    Sharing needles spreads HIV and Hepatitis C; and dirty needles can cause other infections. If you use needles for drugs, hormones or prescription medicines like insulin, make sure they’re new and/or clean. Find an LGBT-friendly syringe exchange program in your area or a pharmacy in NY’s Expanded ...

  • Blog post: Get regular eye exams.

    Mar 26, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Get regular eye exams.

    Regular eye exams are important – much more happens during an eye exam than you might think! Your doctor checks your eyes for common eye diseases, assesses how well your eyes work together as a team, and evaluates your eyes as a telling indicator of your overall health. Whether you’re ...

  • Blog post: Get involved, get connected.

    Mar 25, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Get involved, get connected.

    Many LGBT people report feelings of isolation---especially youth, seniors and those in rural communities. Connecting with other LGBT people, getting support and building community can be the foundation of a healthy life. Seek out LGBT groups and organizations in your area---join a club/group or volunteer---and connect with other LGBT ...

  • Blog post: Report violence.

    Mar 24, 2010 / Posted by Allegra2 comments

    Report violence.

    LGBT people are often the target of violence---from strangers and even at the hands of people we love and trust. Domestic Violence occurs in about 1 in 4 LGBT relationships. 20% of respondents in a recent study reported experiencing a sexual orientation based personal or property crime, and another recent ...

  • Blog post: Protect yourself.

    Mar 23, 2010 / Posted by Allegra1 comment

    Protect yourself.

    Anyone can get HIV and other STDs, but LGBT individuals may be at increased risk. Gay and bisexual men of all races continue to be a risk group severely affected by HIV; transgender communities are estimated to have HIV infection rates ranging from 14 – 69%; and STDs such as herpes ...

  • Blog post: Report Questions Excluding Gays From Some Studies

    Mar 22, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    A story on 365gay.com today reports on gays, lesbians and bisexuals being excluded from health related research and studies on the basis of sexual orientation.

    Part of the article states: In a letter in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, three scientists from the Fox Chase Cancer Center ...

  • Blog post: Know if you're depressed.

    Mar 22, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Know if you're depressed.

    A 2000 survey reported that 70 percent of lesbians and 60 percent of gay men admitted having sought mental health counseling in some form. It’s normal to feel ‘down’ sometimes, but if those feelings persist or become too extreme, consider talking to a professional about it. There are also ...

  • Blog post: Support an LGBT friendly faith community.

    Mar 21, 2010 / Posted by Allegra3 comments

    Support an LGBT friendly faith community.

    In a 2009 study, 60% of LGBT adults described faith as “very important” in their lives. However, many LGBT adults have shared a history of spiritual disillusionment due to discrimination at the hands of religious communities and leaders. If faith is a part of what keeps you healthy, begin the ...

  • Blog post: Be cancer-conscious.

    Mar 20, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Be cancer-conscious.

    Getting regular routine screenings for different kinds of cancers (breast, testicular, lung, cervical, ovarian, prostate, colorectal and skin) may help to find them early when treatment is most likely to work best. Routine screenings and exams are important for everyone, but many LGBT individuals may have increased risk for certain ...

  • Blog post: Come out to your provider.

    Mar 18, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Come out to your provider.

    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 ...