Lesbian Visibility Week in Orange County

April 26th to May 2nd, 2022 will mark the return of Lesbian Visibility Week. At Radiant Health Centers’ LGBTQ+ medical clinic in Orange County, the team will once again show solidarity with LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people across the world. Dating back to 1990, Lesbian Visibility Week has become an important fixture in the calendar. We celebrate this week through raising awareness of lesbian identities to performing vital work in tackling lesbian issues.

Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Week

Lesbian Visibility Week is an annual event created to shine a light on the lesbian community across the world. The week will see cities raising the Lesbian Pride flag in recognition of this vibrant community, one that is sometimes overlooked. With a series of events designed around the theme of visibility and raising awareness, it’s a chance to work on issues concerning inclusion, healthcare, discrimination and much more.

Healthcare in the Lesbian Community

With a range of challenges impacting LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people, healthcare will be an important topic during Lesbian Visibility Week. The Diva Survey found that 48% of lesbians reported having a mental health condition, with this number rising to 71% for non-binary people. Sadly, three out of four survey respondents also reported their mental health had suffered due to the pandemic and lockdowns.

And while access to better quality, compassionate healthcare is available through clinics such as Radiant Health Centers, challenges for the lesbian community are still out there. Studies have shown that many women face discrimination, stigmatization and barriers in accessing healthcare services. Workers within the medical field perform important roles that can improve the level of care received by LGBTQ+ women, and Lesbian Visibility Week is an excellent opportunity to address these concerns.

Improving Healthcare for the LGBTQ+ Community

With healthcare challenges affecting many lesbian women, it is important to work with providers who show care and consideration for their unique challenges. LGTBQ+ medical clinics like Radiant Health Centers offer valuable services like family planning, sexual health care, birth control, breast exams and cervical exams.

Our staff specializes in delivering these services for the LGBTQ+ community, and wants to turn the promise of healthcare equity and accessibility into a reality. Through a range of reproductive health services, lesbian women can take control of their health and make the right decisions for themselves and their families. These areas, along with many others that will be discussed, represent the importance of supporting Lesbian Visibility Week when it begins later this month.

Medical Care and Counseling at Orange County’s Leading LGBTQ+ Medical Clinic

Radiant Health Centers provides healthcare services to the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. For family planning, HIV treatment, STD testing and more, contact our Irvine medical clinic at (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment today.

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Irvine LGBTQ+ telehealth medical care

Radiant Health Centers has been at the forefront of medical care in Irvine for many decades. The commitment to disease treatment and preventive care recently expanded with the introduction of LGBTQ+ telehealth services in Orange County. For the many patients who previously felt excluded from medical care, virtual calls are providing convenient access to dedicated medical providers.

Radiant Health Centers Adds Telehealth Services Program

The rise in telehealth is largely driven by the desire to give patients increased access to the highest level of medical care. For medical health providers, it also allows for effective management of ongoing care, treatment and medication.

At Radiant Health Centers, telehealth is used in conjunction with in-person visits for the treatment of HIV, STDs and hepatitis C. Patients can also access family planning, primary care services and hormone replacement therapy. With many of these services requiring extended management, telehealth provides an efficient companion or replacement for face-to-face visits at our Irvine clinic.

Telehealth Soars in Popularity

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the face of medical care almost overnight, patients have become increasingly familiar with virtual communication with a provider. A recent survey published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that 90.9% of participants felt that a virtual visit made it easy to get the care they needed. In addition, 81.9% of people also believed the telehealth appointment was as good as an in-person visit.

In another survey conducted by GoodRx, 40% of patients indicated that due to the availability of telehealth they do interact more with their providers. With so many in the LGBTQ+ community facing barriers to physical and mental healthcare, easy access to knowledgeable and understanding providers can mean that an individual is more likely to seek out consistent medical care.

Why Many Patients Are Choosing Telehealth

The importance of telehealth for the LGBTQ+ community should not be underestimated. Following negative experiences with their local primary care provider, many patients become reluctant to visit a doctor. The telehealth services from Radiant Health Centers make it possible for Orange County residents to reach a compassionate medical team, free from concerns about prejudice or a lack of education regarding their needs.

Using telehealth services can provide patients with greater insights on their health and their needs. The service also delivers cost and convenience benefits, plus reduces the need for travel. Patients can address any medical concerns they may have during their ongoing treatment and arrange medication refills. By giving patients access to medical providers – along with their medical records using the patient portal – an individual is empowered to strive for improved well-being and to take control of their health.

Dedicated Telehealth Services for the Orange County LGBTQ+ Community

Radiant Health Centers provides secure and reliable telehealth services alongside our in-person visits. Our Orange County medical health providers are available for consultation by calling (949) 809-5700.