July 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Canadian researchers address health disparities
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TORONTO — A professor and his Ph.D. students at the University of Toronto have developed a list of 23 recommendations they presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in June to address LGBT health disparities, MedicalXPress reports.  It covers a wide spate of health topics.

Asst. Prof. Alex Abramovich has been studying the issue of homelessness among LGBT youth and young adults for a decade and does a lot of work in the area of trans health. With enough data, he says, public health specialists can provide safe housing for LGBT youth and education for health providers across Canada.

“It is also time to address the issue of (LGBT) youth homelessness nationally,” he told MedicalXPress. “(LGBT) youth are overrepresented among the youth homelessness population in Canada. However, national point-in-time counts and street needs assessments, up until very recently, have not collected inclusive data.”

The report also recommends an end to all discriminatory practices related to blood, organ and tissue donation for men who have sex with men and trans people.

“I am thrilled this report has meaningfully included the research findings of community-based organizations I am fortunate to work with, including the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC),” said Daniel Grace, an assistant professor at Dalla Lana, according to MedicalXPress.

In a recently published qualitative study in the journal BMC Public Health, Grace spoke to 47 Canadian men who wanted policies to catch up to evidence on HIV testing. Grace says an HIV-negative man told him his blood shouldn’t be deemed “better or worse” and that we “should look more at risky sexual behavior—independently of a person’s sexual orientation or gender.”

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