Sexual health needs and the LGBT community
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Sexual health needs and the LGBT community

Sue Campbell First aid trainer, Renfrewshire Health Education and First Aid Training, Houston, Renfrewshire.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) individuals have particular vulnerabilities to sexually transmitted infections and HIV infection. Globally, reasons for this include physiological factors, discrimination and poor understanding of their sexual health needs. In many countries LGBT individuals are not able to exercise fully their rights to health care. This raises public health concerns for the LGBT community and the wider population. This article explores these issues, and makes recommendations for the healthcare profession to address health inequalities and promote improved health outcomes for LGBT populations. This article aims to promote an evidence-based approach that focuses on rights and public health issues.

Nursing Standard. 27, 32, 35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 04 October 2012

Accepted: 31 December 2012