What are the common sexual health issues faced by LGBTQ+ Persons?

Last updated on Jun 16, 2022

Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on sexual health issues which some readers may find disturbing.

A person may be at risk of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STI/STD) like gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS, etc., if they are sexually active. The risk of contraction may be higher if a person fall into certain categories. For example, in a report, the National AIDS Control Program 1 identified Men Having Sex With Men (MSM) and transgender persons as one of the high-risk groups for HIV/AIDS.

If a person is sexually active, they should speak to their doctor about STI prevention, screening tests recommended, etc.

Government-Aided Schemes and Clinics

The government has come up with various schemes to help people suffering from STIs, irrespective of gender identity or sexual orientation. Please see here for a state-wise list of clinics providing free services to such persons.

If a person faces any discrimination while accessing medical or psychological healthcare, they can take action to alleviate the problem. Read for more options in our explainer “What are the options if there is discrimination and harassment by medical personnel against LGBTQ+ persons?“.

  1. National Aids Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India http://naco.gov.in/ []

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