LGBTQ Health Disparities Facts
Did you know that:
- 33% of the LGBT population smokes and that is 68% higher than the rest of the population?! [http://www.lgbthealthlink.org/Assets/U/documents/smokinglgbt.pdf]
- Vermont received a “C” on HealthLink’s Tobacco Report Cards Survey, meaning, we still have a lot of work to do if we hope to have an impact on stopping smoking here in VT. [http://www.lgbthealthlink.org/Assets/U/documents/smokinglgbt.pdf]
- Vermonters aged 26 and older rank first nationally for prevalence of past month marijuana use (9%) and thirdfor past month illicit drug use other than marijuana (3%). (VDH rpt.)
- Among young adults 18 to 25, national data place Vermont as having the highest or one of the five highest past monthprevalence of the following: alcohol use (74%), binge drinking (51%), marijuana use (33%), and illicit drug use other than marijuana 11%) (VDH rpt.)
- Fewer than half of 18-24 year old lesbian and gay women have ever had a pap test, compared with two-thirds of heterosexual women in that age group. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-m-schaefer/march-is-lgbt-health-mont_b_4911378.html)
- MSM account for nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States, while only making up approximately 2% of the general population (CDC 2010). (http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/12 054_LGBTHealtharticle_v3_07-09-12.pdf, Accessed 12/12/14)
- Several studies have also suggested higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals (Ruble 2008).(http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/12-054_LGBTHealtharticle_v3_07-09-12.pdf Accessed 12/12/14)
- Lesbian and bisexual woman were about twice as likely as straight women to report smoking and binge drinking. (http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa11/hstat/hssp/pages/234lbw.html)
These are serious health disparities. Together, we can close the gaps and save lives.
Pride Center of Vermont is expanding the Health and Wellness Program and you can join us. This primarily volunteer driven new direction will retain its focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and support while also working on issues of drug and alcohol misuse, tobacco cessation, cancer, and obesity. As with most exciting projects, the steps of our vision build on and rely upon one another.