While HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment remains a prominent issue in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, staff at health centers such as Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago know it is not the only public health issue of concern to the population.

Take smoking, for example. With research showing smoking rates are higher in the LGBT population, the center partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago to launch “Bitch to Quit,” a smoking cessation study and intervention that provides nicotine replacement therapy and trained smoking cessation counselors to help people quit. More than 250 LGBT smokers have joined the study since 2012.

“There are very high rates of smoking in the LGBT population, particularly among bisexual men and women, as well as lesbian women,” said David Munar, Howard Brown’s president and CEO. “We’re excited about it because nicotine addiction and smoking correlates with so many chronic health conditions.”

Health centers geared toward LGBT health, such as Howard Brown, are scattered throughout the nation. But while there are go-to places, LGBT public health advocates know that to fully address these needs, health care facilities and health professionals nationwide need better education on LGBT health issues.

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