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The Problem

  • Lesbian women are less likely to have health insurance and less likely to receive routine Pap tests compared their heterosexual counterparts.1
  • Transgendered males were found to be less likely to receive preventative health services such as pap tests due to both lack of insurance and discrimination by healthcare providers.2
  • Barriers may include:

Stigma and discrimination

Lack of compassion, sensitivity, and gender literacy by healthcare workers

Lack of health insurance

Misconceptions about risk in female bodied people who do not have sex with males

Language used by public health advocates regarding preventative care for female reproductive organs