Ethical issues in LGBTQ health care is focus of symposium

Six presenters look at range of issues
Ethical issues in LGBTQ health care is focus of symposium

The ninth annual bioethics symposium at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health discussed disparities in health care for the LGBTQ community.

“There are a whole variety of health disparities,” said Judy Houck, a professor of medical history and bioethics at UW-Madison.

Houck was one of six presenters at the symposium looking at factors affecting health care for LGBTQ patients.

“Homophobia and transphobia have real health consequences,” said Houck. “The fear of homophobia leads people, LGBT identified people, to not go to the doctor at all.”

According to Houck, a lack of research into LGBTQ health care issues is also responsible for the disparity.

“Politics and funding have certainly discouraged research,” says Houck. “In terms of health research, we have a long way to go before we’ve sufficiently figured it out.”

Prior symposiums have focused on a variety of ethical issues such as the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

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