Gay and lesbian health support groups

Gay and lesbian health

America's gay and lesbian population comprises a diverse community with disparate health concerns. Major health issues for gay men are HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, depression, and suicide. Some evidence suggests lesbians have higher rates of smoking, overweight, alcohol abuse, and stress than heterosexual women.

The issues surrounding personal, family, and social acceptance of sexual orientation can place a significant burden on mental health and personal safety.

Sources
Department of Health and Human Services