Topics in Global LGBTQ Health

  • Shilpen Patel
  • C. Nicholas Cuneo
  • John R. Power
  • Chris Beyrer


This is a time of simultaneous urgency, promise, and injustice for sexual and gender minorities worldwide. Globally, LGBTQ populations face an HIV/AIDS epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, higher prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders, and interpersonal violence. The granting of legal rights to LGBTQ individuals in certain countries has paved the way for improved access to health care. However, for others, access to quality health care—along with other basic human rights—remains severely limited. Many LGBTQ individuals live in societies where their relationships or certain sexual activities are criminalized and where they must suppress their identities as a matter of personal safety.


Global health LGBT global health LGBT rights Third gender HIV/AIDS Sex work Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Male circumcision Microbicides Conversion therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shilpen Patel
    • 1
  • C. Nicholas Cuneo
    • 2
  • John R. Power
    • 3
  • Chris Beyrer
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Washington Department of Global HealthRedwood CityUSA
  2. 2.Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  4. 4.Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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