While the official month for LGBTQ health awareness is in March, we would like to recognize that it is PRIDE month, and encourage members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to recognize there are health concerns and issues that do specifically apply to this community.

Such as:

  • LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
  • LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless.
  • Lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer.
  • Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, especially among communities of color.
  • Lesbians and bisexual females are more likely to be overweight or obese.
  • Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs, victimization, mental health issues, and suicide and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals.
  • LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

Lesbians, bisexual, women who have sex with women, and other sexual minority women

  • Protect yourself: Women can spread STIs to each other through oral sex, digital-anal contact, digital-vaginal contact, and use of penetrative sex toys. Always use condoms on toys and wash them with warm soapy water, as well as using dental dams for oral sex.
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, and HPV.
  • Get routine health care: be open and honest with your healthcare provider about your sexual orientation and habits. Schedule regular screenings for STI testing, if non-monogamous.
  • Safeguard your mental health and recognize domestic abuse, as sexual minority women are at higher risk for depression and anxiety, and tend to stay silent in regards to abuse out of fear and discrimination.

Gay men, bisexuals, and men and men who have sex with men

  • Protect yourself: Use a new condom every time you have sex, both anal and oral, get vaccinated, always use a new condom with every sexual encounter, oral and anal; get tested and have your partner get tested; talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)*.
  • Take care of your mental health, address body image issues and recognize domestic violence.
  • Make health care a priority: Be open and honest about your sexuality and habits, get regular screenings, and regular STI testing if non-monogamous.

*Currently AHC does not have a provider that can prescribe and monitor PrEP, but we can make referrals and with a provider’s order we can draw blood for monitoring.

The University of Tulsa offers student organizations that support the LGBTQ community such as The Little Blue House, OutLaws and Pride at TU.

TU also offers counseling services for students.

Tulsa Pride Festival starts
Saturday, June 1st 12pm-9pm
Pride Parade Saturday, June 1st 6 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E 4th St, Tulsa, OK 74120

Pride Picnic at the Park June 2nd 12pm-6 p.m.
Guthrie Green 
111 East M.B. Brady Street, Tulsa, OK 74103