To take control of your health, it’s important to learn how to work with your healthcare team — how to ask the right questions and find the right answers. And then put what you’ve learned into action so you can make educated decisions about your health.
Today, people are living longer than ever before. As the U.S. population rapidly ages, so are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) community. Reports estimate that there are around 3 million LGBTQ adults over age 50, and that number is expected to grow to around 7 million by 2030.
Talking honestly and openly with your doctor is important for your health. And it’s equally important for your doctor to be supportive of your sexual orientation and gender identity. That’s why if you’re an LGBTQ patient and your doctors don’t know it, coming out to them may help you get the care you need.