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LGBTQIA+ Health & Care

Taking care of yourself is extremely important during these years, and to help we have compiled multiple resources for LGBTQIA+ health – from access to free sexual health supplies, community resources/organizations, to LGBTQIA+ 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.

Providence Area LGBTQIA+-friendly Doctors & Specialists
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

Suggested sections:

  • Hepatitis

  • Publications, such as LGBTQ health: Findings and Concerns (includes transgender health section with definitions)

  • Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBTQ Health

The GLBT Health Access Project

Suggested Sections:

  • Community Standards of Practice For Provision of Quality Health Care Services for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients

  • Educational Posters

National Association of Gay and Lesbian Community Centers

Suggested Sections:

  • Directory (for centers throughout the US which will have additional referrals for local LGBTQIA+ 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.

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

General Information: National LGBTQ Rights

Human Rights Campaign

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 Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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


Health Resources

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization

The Institute for Gay Men’s Health

A project of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and AIDS Project LA

Bisexual Resource Center Health Resources

Bi-Health Program, Fenway Community Health

FTM International

International Foundation for Gender Education


Transgender Law Center

Transgender Resource and Neighborhood Space

Trans-Health Online Magazine

Transsexual Road Map

Transsexual Women’s Resource

Intersex Society of North America

Planned Parenthood

CDC MSM Information Center

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

American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)

The Body: an AIDS and HIV information resource

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project


Project Inform    1.800.822.7422

HIV/AIDS Health information and treatment options.

Youth HIV: A Project of Advocates for Youth

National Association on HIV over 50 (NAHOF)

Black AIDS Institute

Latino Coalition on AIDS

National Minority AIDS Coalition

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

HIV InSite

Compiled by GLMA, The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, GLMA. For more information, email

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