If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-nonbinary or queer, you’re likely to have experienced barriers to healthcare. Study after study shows that a majority of LGBTQ people have faced discrimination, denial of service, harassment and bias in healthcare settings. Many healthcare professionals lack information about the healthcare needs of LGBTQ patients.
Like others, you may have chosen to stay silent about your sexual orientation or gender identity when visiting the doctor. Or, like many people in the LGBTQ community, you just haven’t seen a doctor at all.
LGBTQ Healthcare at UVA
At UVA, we want you to find a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. We have providers with years of experience serving the LGBT community, and we provide trainings and policies to guide team members in living our commitment to equity for all.
We emphasize compassionate care for your whole person and offer:
- Primary and family medicine
- LGB-specific health screenings
- Reproductive and sexual health support
- Transgender healthcare services
- Information and resources
- Specialty referrals
- Financial screenings
- Patient education
Our organizational values put patients at the center of everything we do. We aspire to create a compassionate, inclusive environment for all.
We follow a policy of not discriminating against patients or visitors on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. It's your right to be treated with dignity and respect.
A Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
UVA Health joins 95 other hospitals in earning the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points on the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index.
These barriers to prevention and treatment, along with other consequences of social marginalization, negatively impact the overall health of the LGBTQ population. LGB people experience higher rates of:
- GI problems
- Sexual violence
- Mental illness
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hepatitis B and C
- Urinary tract infections
- Sexually transmitted infections
Transgender people face higher risks of:
- Emotional and psychological abuse
- Physical and sexual violence
- Sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis and HIV
- Substance misuse
- Suicide – 40% have attempted
- Poverty – 15% live below the poverty line
- Inadequate health insurance
See our transgender services.