Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

Collage depecting good health practicesThe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community includes people from diverse backgrounds. Community members vary by race, ethnicity, age, income, and education. For some, sexual orientation or gender identity is central to their self-concept, while for others, this is not the case. Despite differences among LGBT people, one experience many share is that of stigma or discrimination. This social inequality is often associated with poorer health status.


Highlighted Resources

Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Sexual Health Standards of Care, released August 2017 by the National Coalition of STD Directors

These standards describe the highest quality of sexual health care for men who have sex with men (MSM), expanding beyond federal guidelines to incorporate the collective experience of experts in the field of sexual health. While the standards are primarily written for medical providers, the document also includes implementation information for state and local STD programs, academic institutions, and gay, bisexual, and other MSM consumers.

Stepping Up: A Consensus Statement by Trans Leaders, released May 2017 by AIDS United

This document can be used as a foundational tool in designing and implementing trans-informed best practices in HIV clinical care and support services, as well as assist funders in recognizing best practices in selecting models for community support. These recommendations provide specific, measurable steps organizations can take to improve their approach to HIV work in trans communities.


National LGBT Health Center

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The Center offers a broad range of educational, technical assistance, and information resources. Visit the National LGBT Health Center at http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/


Looking for information about HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis?

Check out the resources on the website of the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program.

CDC Web Advisory

Last Revised: September 21, 2018