LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

Our annual LGBTQ Health Awareness Week at the School of Medicine takes place in March each year. We invite various presenters to speak on issues related to LGBTQ health that are not covered within the standard preclinical curriculum. Our most recent program included:

LGBTQ+ History in St. Louis

Steven L. Brawley, founder of the St. Louis LGBT History Project, explored the history of GSM (Gender and Sexual Minority) individuals in the St. Louis area. With a rich history dating back to the mid-18th century, St. Louis has long served as an urban hub in the Midwest. Students learned how this has impacted the LGBTQ+ community in the region and gained perspective into how this may impact their future patients.

PrEP and MSM Care

Rupa Patel, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Director of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine, gave a talk on the use of PrEP (also known as Truvada) for the prevention of HIV in MSM and other individuals at risk for HIV.

Personal Experiences with Transitioning

Students learned about the personal experience of a trans woman and the process of transitioning.

LGBTQ+ Elder Care

Dan Stewart, MS, Special Programs Coordinator of the Missouri LGBTQ+ advocacy group PROMO, spoke on behalf of the SAGE of PROMO fund about considerations for the care of elders who identify as GSM. Students were able to gain valuable insight into both geriatric medicine and inclusive care practices.

Bisexuality in the Healthcare Context

Samati Niyomchai, an HIV/AIDS case manager and a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, spoke on the topic of healthcare for Bisexual individuals. Often called the invisible majority, bisexuals outnumber gay men and lesbians combined, yet experience severe erasure and stigma associated with many adverse health outcomes.