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Where Do LGBT Iowans Go For Health Care?

June 17, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa – Some believe there is a persistent stigma in Iowa that keeps members of the LGBT community from seeking health care. They might have issues with insurance coverage, or they don't want to be "outed" by going to the doctor.

As part of an effort to provide medical services to this facet of the state's population, Dr. Joe Freund has joined the staff of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. He says skipping routine health screenings is not uncommon.

"Especially for Lesbians, one of the things is that they may not get is the routine screenings, the pap smears that others do, because they may not seek medical attention for things like birth control."

Planned Parenthood provides services at clinics statewide, allowing LGBT patients to get treatment without fear of their sexual preference being an issue, says Freund.

"We can provide access for people when they may not be able to be 'out' in their communities. They can still come to our clinics and receive good care, without any judgment and without any concerns about whether anything gets out in the community or not."

Freund says training has also been given to the entire staff, making them aware of special LGBT concerns and how to talk with patients, in order to put them at ease at the Planned Parenthood clinics.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA