A majority of Americans living with HIV are gay or bisexual men. Because of stigma and discrimination, LGBT people are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety and have higher rates of alcohol and drug dependency. Lesbians have higher rates of breast cancer. Already, transgender people have few options for quality care and it’s estimated that as many as 40% of trans women are HIV-positive. Bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexual adults to have general medical problems like high cholesterol and asthma.
The promised repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) would have a devastating impact on the health of LGBT Americans—including the loss of lives—as would cuts to the Ryan White Care Act, which funds medical care and medicine for low-income people living with HIV, like the Center offers.