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Resources to Empower the LGBTQIA+ Community

LGBTQIA+ health is central to UMass Memorial Health’s mission to ensure all individuals have access to the resources and care they deserve in a safe and friendly setting, including members of our LGBTQIA+ community. We recognize that individuals who are LGBTQIA+ may face unique experiences and challenges in interacting with health care providers and accessing health care services.  While we understand that members of the LGBTQIA+ community face a full range of health-related issues, we are compiling resources to increase awareness about health issues that may be of particular interest to the LGBTQIA+ community.  We hope the information offered here can empower you in your health care journey. 

Please check back frequently as we will be continuously expanding our resources.

  1. Monkeypox: While many of the identified cases are within networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, people of any sexual orientation or gender identity can become infected and spread monkeypox.  The infection starts with fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and muscle pain, followed in 1-4 days by a rash. Vaccines and treatments are available. Read more about monkeypox at the CDC website to keep yourself and the community safe. You can also find information about monkeypox and access to vaccines at Mass Department of Public Health website with local access to vaccinations through AIDS Project Worcester. 
  2. HIV 
    Learn more about HIV from the CDC
    Downloadable PDFs:
    Stop HIV Together Brochure – English
    Stop HIV Together Brochure – Spanish
  3. Cancer
    Cancer issues for Gay and Bisexual men as described by the American Cancer Society: 
    Cancer issues for Lesbian and Bisexual women as described by the American Cancer Society
  4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health resources from the CDC
  5. Communicating with your health care provider as recommended by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): Transgender individualsLesbians BisexualsGay men