OU Medicine strives to provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients, visitors and staff.

Health Equality Coordinator

The Health Equality Coordinator is available to assist LGBTQ patients, visitors and staff. They can also help transgender patients coordinate and navigate services at OU Medicine when they are seeking gender-affirming care.

The health equality coordinator can be reached at 405-271-6488 or
OUMC.EqualityCoordinator@hcahealthcare.com.

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 LGBTQ-related Health Information

The list below gives information about common health and wellness topics within the LGBTQ community. While these may not affect everyone, these are important health concerns. Links to these and other services provided at OU Medicine can be found at www.oumedicine.com.

Infectious Diseases

HIV, Hepatitis and STIs

To reduce the risk of contracting HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and certain types of hepatitis, always practice safe sex by using condoms and dental dams.

Men who have sex with men, transgender women and bisexuals are at increased risk for viruses that cause hepatitis, a serious liver disease. Talk to your provider about receiving the hepatitis A and B vaccines and getting screened for hepatitis A, B and C. If you have hepatitis C, there are new, effective treatments with fewer side effects.

Men who have sex with men are more likely to contract HIV than other groups. However, anyone who is sexually active is at risk and should be tested annually for HIV and other STIs. If you are HIV-infected, we can connect you with a skilled provider. If you are in a relationship where one partner is

HIV-infected, talk to your health care provider about options for HIV prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, which prevents HIV infection if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking one pill every day. When taken every day, PrEP can greatly reduce the risk of HIV infection.

OU Medicine houses one of 14 Aids Education and Training Centers in the United States serving Oklahoma and Texas. They provide training and consultation for health care providers.

OU Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases provides primary care for patients with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, STIs and other infectious diseases. To schedule an appointment, call 405-271-6434 or go to www.oumedicine.com/oumedicine/ adult-services/infectious-diseases.

Heart Health

LGBTQ individuals should take care of their heart health, particularly if they smoke or use certain hormones. Talk to your health care provider about ways to be heart healthy. 

OU Medicine Cardiovascular Institute’s heart, pulmonary and vascular service provides medical and surgical care across the full array of heart and vascular conditions. To schedule an appointment or to use our heart health calculator to assess your risk for heart disease, call 405-271-7001 or go to www.oumedicine.com/heart.

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Cancer

The LGBTQ community experiences some cancers more often. Lesbian women have a higher chance of getting breast cancer and some gynecological cancers. Gay and bisexual men have anal cancer more often, more so if HIV-infected. Tests can be done to check for cancer. Talk with a health care provider about how and when to check for cancer.

The Stephenson Cancer Center provides a full range of cancer treatment. To make an appointment, call 405-271-1112 or go to www.stephensoncancercenter.org.

Breast Health

OU Medicine Breast Health Network is the state’s largest and most comprehensive group of breast radiologists and specialists working together to provide the highest level of breast care.

There are convenient locations across the Oklahoma City area. For more information on locations, services and appointments, go to www.breasthealthnetwork.com.

Preventive Care

Preventive care is an important part of maintaining your health and may include immunizations, vaccines, screenings and regular checkups. The hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines are recommended for most gay and bisexual men, while the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended for women and most gay and bisexual men through age 26. Speak to your provider about receiving these vaccinations.

Primary Care

OU Medicine primary care physicians offer outstanding personalized care and will provide needed vaccinations for their patients. There are a number of locations across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area as well as some low-cost community care clinics. To request an appointment, call 405-271-4311 or go to www.myoudoc.com.

Fertility Care

OU Medicine fertility care offers a variety of services including sperm insemination and egg donations. To request an appointment, call 405-271-1616 or go to www.ouinfertility.com.

Mental Health and Addiction

LGBTQ people may struggle with depression, anxiety, heavy drinking, tobacco use and drug use.

OU Medicine’s mental health services offer treatment for many mental health concerns. For the program that best meets your needs, call 405-271-5251 or go to www.oumedicine.com/ oumedicine/adult-services/mental-health.

Smoking Cessation Program at TSET

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service available 24/7. They provide tools and support to quit tobacco your own way. Call the helpline at 800-784-8669 or go to www.okhelpline.com to find out more about their programs.

Relationships and Family

Many LGBTQ individuals and couples are raising or want to have children. Services are available to help you start a family and deal with various relationship and family issues.