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Am J Public Health. 2002 Apr;92(4):632-9.

Heterogeneity of health disparities among African American, Hispanic, and Asian American women: unrecognized influences of sexual orientation.

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Department of Psychology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1285 Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA. mays@ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study compared health indicators among self-identified lesbians/bisexual women and heterosexual women residing in Los Angeles County.

METHODS:

Respondents were English-speaking Hispanic, African American, and Asian American women. Health status, behavioral risks, access barriers, and indicators of health care were assessed.

RESULTS:

Prevalence rates of chronic health conditions were similar among women in the 3 racial/ethnic groups. However, lesbians and bisexual women evidenced higher behavioral risks and lower rates of preventive care than heterosexual women.

CONCLUSIONS:

Among racial/ethnic minority women, minority sexual orientation is associated with increased health risks. The effects of sexual minority status need to be considered in addressing health disparities affecting this population.

PMID:
11919064
PMCID:
PMC1447129
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.4.632
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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