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Investigating COVID-19’s impact on LGBTQ+ health

Aug 20 2020

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Some of the biggest health care issues for LGBTQ+ people are also risk factors for COVID-19.

Sexual and gender minorities have higher rates of smoking and substance abuse, as well as a higher prevalence of chronic illnesses, including asthma, diabetes, eating disorders, anxiety and depression (largely from societal stigma and discrimination), and HIV.

However, it's hard to quantify the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ people because until recently, health care providers and labs weren't required by state officials to collect information on gender identity and sexual orientation for reports on COVID-19 test results.