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LGBTQ Healthcare

To provide care to LGBT people in the most effective way, Parker Medical understands how LGBT people’s identities, experiences, and relationships with the world around them might affect their health.

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Medicine had held a lack of awareness of the health needs of LGBTQ patients. At Parker Medical, we help our LBGTQ patients achive the highest levels of health.

LGBTQ HEALTHCARE IN LAS VEGAS
  • Anxiety management
  • Comprehensive primary care
  • Hormone management
  • Hypertension treatment
  • PrEP
  • STD testing, screening, and management
  • Trans care

Finding a healthcare provider with which you want to develop a long-term doctor/patient relationship is complicated. Finding a doctor as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning patient is even more difficult.

Too often, LGBTQ patients feel their doctor is a source of judgment rather than support. We’ve created a safe space at Parker Medical so patients can ask questions and receive personalized care regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Although members of the LGBTQ community have many health needs in common with everyone else — LGBTQ people catch colds, get injured, and share health risks with others of their gender, race, and ethnicity — some unique care concerns are essential to discuss with a doctor. If you are not open with your provider, they may make presumptions about you and your health care. For LGBTQ patients, that can mean missed screenings for potentially life-threatening conditions, such as ovarian and prostate cancer.

At Parker Medical we are aware of the health care disparities that many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community face. You shouldn’t have to face discrimination or feel the need to educate your own health care provider when it comes to getting the health and medical support services that you need.

For our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning patients—from children to adolescents to seasoned adults—we currently provide primary and preventative care services at our LGBTQ Inclusive Care locations in Las Vegas.

These services include:

  • Regular check-ups, immunizations and screenings to help you maintain good health
  • Diagnosis and treatment of common medical problems as well as serious illness
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccination assessment for those who may have increased risk for hepatitis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination assessment for those who may be at increased risk for HPV

Additional services we offer that are LGBTQ-focused include:

  • Sexually transmitted infection testing, diagnosis, treatment and management
  • HIV prevention (PrEP and PEP), testing and treatment
  • Treatment for sexual dysfunction
  • Referral to LGBTQ-competent reproductive and family-building services

Health disparities are differences in health between different groups of people. LGBTQ+ people experience a number of health disparities. They’re at higher risk of certain conditions, have less access to health care, and have worse health outcomes. These disparities are seen in the areas of behavioral health, physical health, and access to care.

Behavioral health. Behavioral health includes mental health, substance abuse, and addiction. LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk of:

  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Mood disorders and anxiety
  • Eating disorders1
  • Alcohol and substance abuse1
  • Tobacco use2

Physical health. LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for certain conditions, diseases, and infections:

  • Gay and bisexual men are more likely to have HIV/AIDS.3
  • Transgender Women, Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino men have the highest risk for HIV infection.4
  • Older LGBTQ+ adults are more likely to rate their health as poor and report more chronic conditions while having less social support.5
  • Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be obese.6
  • LGBTQ+ people are less likely to have a regular health care provider.7
  • Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of breast cancer, and transgender men and women are at greater risk.8
  • LGBTQ+ people have higher rates of HPV infection and related cervical or anal cancers.9

Access to care. LGBTQ+ people have less access to the health care they need. They are:

  • Less likely to have health insurance.9
  • More likely to delay getting care, especially in older LGBTQ+ adults.5
  • More likely to report lack of cultural competence by health care providers.5
  • More likely to report poor quality of care and unfair treatment by healthcare providers.10

What causes these disparities?

There are many causes of the health disparities faced by LGBTQ+ people. These include:

  • The minority status of LGBTQ+ people
  • A lack of specific education and training for health care workers
  • A lack of clinical research on LGBTQ+ health-related issues
  • Restrictive health benefits
  • Limited role models
  • Fear due to stigma, discrimination, and institutional bias in the health care system.

Many conditions such as cancer, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, acne and eczema, menstrual distress, and migraine headaches, to name a few, respond very well to changes in diet and food choices. Patients with chronic illnesses can see dramatic changes in their conditions by following customized dietary plans. Many patients see a decrease in symptoms and a return to well-being.

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