LGBTQ Health & Care
Taking care of yourself is extremely important during these years, and to help we have compiled multiple resources for LGBTQ health – from access to free sexual health supplies, community resources/organizations, to LGBTQ friendly doctors and specialists.
Access to safe sex materials such as condoms, lube, dental dams, etc are available to RISD students free of cost in Health Services. Stop in during operating hours to select from available items. Additionally, through a partnership with AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI), students may access free, rapid-repsonse HIV Testing by a licensed HIV Testing Counselor from APRI. Testing is confidential and done by a painless mouth-swab. A complete test visit takes only 20-minutes. Click here for monthly testing dates and times. All tests completed in Health Services – no appointment is needed during HIV Testing Clinic hours. Prevention is the Solution!
If you are a student covered under RISD’s student health plan offered through University Health Plans, please know that in regards to trans* health care, hormone therapy is covered under the Prescription Drug Benefit. Counseling is also covered under the Mental Health Benefit. Unfortunately, any related sexual reassignment surgery is not included. For more details, contact RISD Health Services.
Publications, such as LGBTQ health: Findings and Concerns (includes transgender health section with definitions)
Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBTQ Health
Community Standards of Practice For Provision of Quality Health Care Services for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients
Directory (for centers throughout the US which will have additional referrals for local LGBT sensitive services- e.g. counseling services, support groups, health educations, and legal resources)
GLBT National Help Center 888.THE-GNLH (843.4564)
National non-profit organization offering toll-free peer counseling, information, and local resources, including local switchboard numbers and gay-related links.
GLBT National Youth Talkline 800.246.7743
Youth peer counseling, information, and local resources, through age 25.
General Information: National LGBTQ Rights
National Organization working for LGBT equal rights on federal government level
Lambda Legal 212.809.8585
National LGBT legal and policy organization protecting civil rights of LGBT and people living with HIV.
National Center for Lesbian Rights 415.392.6257
National legal resource center advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families, and representing gay men and bisexual and transgender individuals on legal issues that also advance lesbian rights.
National grassroots organization supporting LGBT advocacy efforts at state and federal levels.
American Cancer Society 800.ACS.2345
Cancer facts for gay and bisexual men
Cancer facts for lesbians and bisexual women
Tobacco and the LGBT community
A project of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and AIDS Project LA
This includes various resources for MSM about HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and Hepatitis A, such as fact sheets, posters, booklets and pocket cards.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
They have a campaign on Hepatitis A and B and MSM addressing the importance of vaccination, including poster and brochures.
National HIV and AIDS Hotline 800.342.AIDS
Project Inform 1.800.822.7422
HIV/AIDS Health information and treatment options.
Compiled by GLMA, The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, GLMA. For more information, email