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Prim Care. 2014 Sep;41(3):651-69. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.05.012.

Sexual minority youth.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Second Floor, 312-320 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128, USA. Electronic address: john.steever@mountsinai.org.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Second Floor, 312-320 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128, USA.

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the medical and mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth population. Information is reviewed regarding both primary medical care and the special health risks that these youth face. Providers are introduced to the concept that societal and internalized homophobia lead directly to certain health disparities, including substance use, school and family rejection, depression, and increased sexually transmitted infection acquisition. This article familiarizes the primary care practitioner with the health care needs of the LGBT population and the research behind the various recommendations for caring for these youth.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent mental health; Adolescent sexuality; Health disparities; Homophobia; LGBT or GLBT youth; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; Sexual minority youth; Transgender youth

PMID:
25124211
DOI:
10.1016/j.pop.2014.05.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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