A Big LGBT Health Study Is Coming To The iPhone

We don’t know as much as we’d like about the role sexual orientation and gender identity play in health and wellness. And though there’s a clear need for it, comprehensive medical research into the health needs of the LGBT population can be tough to find. The Institute of Medicine summed it up this way in 2011: LGBT people “have unique health experiences and needs, but as a nation, we do not know exactly what these experiences and needs are.” It wasn’t until two years ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual National Health Interview Survey even accounted for sexual orientation.

Now, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is gearing up for what may prove to be the largest national study of LGBT health ever — and it’s using the iPhone to do it.

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