LGBT people can feel shame and bias. They may find it hard to receive good health care. They may also have less healthcare options. Many may feel that health care providers do not know their health needs. The list below gives information about common health and wellness topics within the LGBT community. While these may not affect everyone, these are important health concerns.

Cancer 

The LGBT community experiences some cancers more often. Lesbian women have a higher chance of getting breast cancer and some gynecological cancers. Gay and bisexual men have anal cancer more often, more so if HIV-infected. Tests can be done to check for cancer. Talk with a healthcare provider about how and when to check for cancer.

The Abramson Cancer Center provides a full range of cancer treatment. To locate a Penn cancer specialist or to schedule an appointment for cancer screening, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or visit our website

Heart Health 

LGBT individuals should take care of their heart health, particularly if they smoke or use certain hormones. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to be heart healthy.

Penn Heart and Vascular Care provides medical and surgical care across the full array of heart and vascular conditions. To schedule an appointment, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or visit our website.

Mental Health and Addiction

LGBT people may struggle with depression; anxiety; heavy drinking; tobacco use, and drug use.

Penn Behavioral Health offers treatment for many mental health concerns. For the program that best meets your needs, call 866-301-4724 or visit our website.

Smoking Cessation Program at the Penn Lung Center 

Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program provides a team of health care professionals who help patients quit smoking. To request an appointment call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or learn more about our smoking cessation program

Relationships and Family 

Many LGBT individuals and couples across America are raising or want to have children. Services are available to help you start a family and deal with various relationship and family issues.

Penn Fertility Care

Penn Fertility Care offers a variety of services including sperm insemination and egg donations. To request an appointment, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or visit our website.

Center for Couples and Adult Families

Penn’s Center for Couples and Adult Families provides counseling services and resources for individuals, couples, groups, and families. To make an appointment call 215-746-5900 or visit our website.

Preventive Care 

Preventative care is an important part of maintaining your health, and may include immunizations, vaccines, screenings, and regular check-ups. The Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines are recommended for most gay and bisexual men, while the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended for women and most gay and bisexual men through age 26. Speak to your provider about receiving these vaccinations.

Penn Primary Care

Penn Primary Care physicians offer outstanding, personalized care, and will provide needed vaccinations for their patients. To request an appointment, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or visit our website.

Infectious Diseases

HIV, Hepatitis and STIs

To reduce the risk of contracting HIV, STIs, certain types of hepatitis always practice safe sex by using condoms and dental dams.

Men who have sex with men, transgender women and bisexuals are at increased risk for viruses that cause Hepatitis, a serious liver disease. Talk to your provider about receiving the Hepatitis A and B vaccine and being screened for Hepatitis A, B and C. If you have Hepatitis C, there are new, effective treatments with fewer side effects.

Men who have sex with men are more likely to contract HIV than other groups. However, anyone who is sexually active is at risk and should be tested annually for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you are HIV-infected, we can connect you with a skilled provide. If you are in a relationship where one of you is HIV-infected, talk to your healthcare provider about options for HIV prevention. Talk to your provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, which prevents HIV infection if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking one pill every day. When taken every day, PrEP can greatly reduce the risk of HIV infection. Providers in our directory who prescribe PrEP have the letter P next to their name.

Penn Infectious Diseases provides primary care for patients with HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, STIs, and other infectious diseases. To schedule an appointment with a physician, call 800-789-7366 (PENN) or visit our website.

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