At Washington University School of Medicine we are committed to providing excellent, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care to LGBTQ+ patients in a respectful environment. Our policies are committed to ensuring your rights to health and healthcare. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital policies support patients rights to care and visitation without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information about patient rights and our non-discrimination policies go to:
•Barnes-Jewish Hospital Patient Rights and Responsibilities
•St. Louis Children's Hospital Patient Rights and Responsibilities
•Washington University Non-Discrimination Statement
Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital participate in the Healthcare Equality Index. We are proud of our strong performance over multiple years and we are committed using this index as a tool to continue to improve healthcare for LGBTQIA patients. Visit HEI website for more information about our performance.
Sharing Information About Your Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity With Your Provider
- LGBTQ+ patients have unique health needs.
- Some conditions are more or less common in LGBTQ+ patients than in other groups of patients. Recommendations for health care screenings, vaccinations, medications and other services can be different based on your gender identity and sexual behavior.
- Sharing information about your sexual orientation and gender identity with your provider will help them provide you with the best health care possible – care that is specifically tailored to your needs.
- Across the country, you will notice healthcare providers more frequently asking about sexual orientation and gender identity. This is being done so that providers can take better care of LGBTQ+ patients. If you’d like to read more about this go to: doaskdotell.org
- The information that you share with your provider is confidential and protected in the same ways as other medical information.
GLMA Patient Guides – Top Ten Things to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider
•Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
•Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
•Ten Things Bisexuals Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
•Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
Clinics and Services
There are a number of clinics and services providing care that may be specifically of interest to LGBTQ+ patients.
Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital
Differences of Sex Development Clinic at St. Louis Children's Hospital
PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) through Washington University Infectious Disease Clinic
HIV Care at Washington University
HIV Testing at Washington University
Washington University Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
Contraceptive Choice Center
There are many things that we don’t know about health and LGBTQ+ patients. Research is one of the best ways to understand and improve the health of LGBTQ+ people. The NIH has made it one of their goals to dedicate more resources to LGBTQ+ health issues and disparities. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are committed to participating in this effort. Many groups at WUSM are doing research to develop a better understanding of a variety of conditions and how they affect LGBTQ+ people.
Here is a listing of some current research groups working on topics that relate to LGBTQ+ health:
Infectious Disease – Clinical Research Unit (ID-CRU)
Differences in Sex Development