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Temple: Researchers Find Major Health Disparities among Sexual Minority Hispanics

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has published the results of a study led by Dr. Omar Martinez, assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University’s College of Public Health, describing health disparities among sexual minority Hispanics.

[Photo: Dr. Omar Martinez]

The paper offers significant evidence, derived from data from national representative samples, of health disparities among gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) Hispanics.

Notably, the study found elevated odds for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, mental health problems, smoking, and illicit substance use. Dr. Martinez recommends further research to identify intervention opportunities in the GLB Hispanic population.

“Our findings highlight alarming health disparities and suggest that greater public health efforts are needed to enhance health, close research gaps, and eliminate disparities that disproportionately affect sexual minority Hispanics,” says Dr. Martinez, whose research interests focus on health interventions for LGBTQ and transgender Hispanics. He joined the faculty of Temple’s College of Public Health in 2015.

Read the full publication here.