Training on cultural and biomedical issues affecting the gay community are usually overlooked in medical school. Assumptions and misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer patients can lead to a poor quality of care. For example, studies have shown that women who identify as lesbian and bisexual tend to receive fewer Pap tests than heterosexual women, despite their having an equal, if not higher, risk of developing cervical cancer.
This resource provides 5 tips on how health-care providers can better serve their LGBTQ patients. These tips include: asking about behavior, understanding how patients identify, discussing biomedical risks, making an effort to be inclusive and educating oneself.