About the Center

Why Health, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity?

The health problems faced by sexual and gender minority members are often the same as those in the general population. However, in many cases sexual and gender minorities have a greater risk for health problems, such as breast cancer; HIV; hepatitis A, B, and C; and stress-related conditions. Little is known about the reasons for these increased risks and additional research is needed. As examples, research is needed on the health risks associated with lifestyle, prolonged hormone use, or transgender surgery. Additionally, more information is needed on stigma and sanctions as they affect physical health, mental health, and substance abuse problems.

The Center for LGBT Health Research promotes research in these areas. It is comprised of researchers, students, and affiliates at the University of Pittsburgh who are aware of these health concerns and committed to advancing our research knowledge related to sexual and gender minorities. Researchers associated with the center have developed and are conducting research to fully describe the nature of health issues related to sexual and gender minorities and promote positive change. Through these research efforts, and the Center’s unique involvement of a community advisory board, cohorts of thousands of LGBT members in the area have been successfully recruited and maintained as study participants. This is a testimony of the community support for the center’s mission and future research endeavors.

Our mission

The mission of the Center for LGBT Health Research (formerly the Center for Research on Health and Sexual Orientation) is to understand and improve the health of sexual minority individuals by maintaining an infrastructure that provides research on sexual minority health/wellness needs. This mission will be accomplished through the following goals: