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Advocates say hurdles exist between LGBTQ community, healthcare

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — LGBTQ individuals often face challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services and, as a result, can experience worse health outcomes. What You Need To Know

LGBTQ patients can experience worse health outcomes that heterosexuals

LGBTQ individuals have many of the same health concerns as the general population, they experience certain health challenges at higher rates

subgroups of the LGBTQ community are more likely to suffer from certain chronic conditions and face higher prevalence and earlier onset of disabilities compared to heterosexuals

Other major health concerns include HIV and AIDS, mental illness, substance use, and sexual and physical violence.

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation , these challenges can include stigma, discrimination, violence, and rejection by families and communities, as well as other barriers, such as inequality in the workplace and health insurance sectors, the provision of substandard care, and outright denial of care because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.While LGBTQ individuals have the same health concerns as the general population, they experience certain health challenges at higher rates, and also face several unique health challenges. In particular, research suggests that some subgroups of the LGBTQ […]

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