October 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm EDT | by Staff reports
LGBT-friendly medical office opens in Pa.
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A new LGBT-friendly medical office opened last week in Bethlehem, Pa. (Photo by Bigstock)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A new primary care office designed to be welcoming to LGBT clients opened last week in Bethlehem, Pa., the Morning Call, an Allentown, Pa.-based newspaper, reported.

Novus Adult Care Services, not restricted to LGBT clients, opened last week at 1565 Lindsen Street, the paper reported.

Even though the LGBT community has gained wider societal acceptance in recent years, health care practices that are LGBT-oriented are rare. Only about a dozen nationwide are known to the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, President Henry Ng told the Morning Call. Until now, the closest one to the Lehigh Valley was the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia.

Medical schools, Ng noted, spend little time talking about the health needs of sexual minorities. He and Allen Smith, a nurse practitioner who opened the site, said there’s a need for medical care for LGBT people that extends beyond HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

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