Most of the health concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people are no different from those of anyone else. For example, we can all benefit from eating five fruits and vegetables a day, exercising for at least 30 minutes four times a week, washing our hands regularly, and always wearing our seat belts.
Some health concerns, however, are specific to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. For example, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people are subjected to discrimination and outright violence, and this increases stress and can take a toll on mental health. Lesbians may be more at risk for certain cancers and less at risk for others based on specific behaviors and choices. Not only are gay and bisexual men at greater risk for HIV, there is also mounting evidence that they are more likely to smoke than heterosexual men, and this could increase gay and bisexual men's risk for lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease.
Westchester County has assembled numerous resources to help connect you with the local LGBT community, to provide access to help you might need and to keep you informed of current events and issues.
The following links are Web resources designed to provide information about particular health concerns of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community.
- The LOFT, located in White Plains, works to further the cause for inclusion, diversity and pride through education, advocacy and celebration.
- AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS) is the largest organization solely dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS services to people in New York's Hudson Valley region.
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association