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National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week: Live Out Loud!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week (March 21—25), when we focus on discrimination and health disparities that affect LGBTQ+ people. The theme for 2022, “Live Out Loud for LGBTQ Health!,” encourages everyone to speak openly about LGBTQ+ health issues, including mental health, gender-affirming services, sexual health including HIV prevention and treatment, and ending stigma and discrimination through accessible, inclusive healthcare services so that everyone can fully live their truth.

LGBTQ+ people encounter discrimination at every turn– in housing, education, employment, health care, and more; the impact of discrimination is even greater for LGBTQ+ people of color. For example, LGBTQ+ communities and communities of color are deeply and disproportionately impacted by HIV.  We can combat these disparities by working to increase access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) in preventing HIV, as well as access to treatment for those living with HIV to become virally suppressed, which means their HIV is at undetectable level and cannot be transmitted (Undetectable equals Untransmittable, U=U). Promoting access to these medications empowers everyone to take control of their health and personal relationships, whatever their HIV status.

Recently, The National Coalition for LGBTQ Health completed its Inaugural State of LGBTQ Health National Survey™ which features input from nearly 2,500 LGBTQ health providers and highlights the most pressing healthcare issues faced by LGBTQ communities. Look for the report and its findings, which will be released during National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week.

This week and every week, we must speak out to end discrimination and demand quality health care so that no one is deprived of a happy, healthy life!

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