For many of us in the LGBTQ+ community, doctor’s visits can cause more than just the average jitters. It can cause fear that we’ll be put in a situation in which we may be discriminated against and invalidated, it can cause dysphoria for some of us, and just be generally uncomfortable. Because of this, we often end up with incomplete testing or denying ourselves the care we need.

…Normalizing getting regularly tested, and actually TALKING about it within our community can help create a safe space around something so vulnerable.

We know it can be uncomfortable and scary to get tested for anything that could bring life changing results, but taking control of your own health is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself.

And your community is here to support you.

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Let’s talk LGBTQ+ health!⁣⁣ For many of us in the LGBTQ+ community, doctor’s visits can cause more than just the average jitters. It can cause fear that we’ll be put in a situation in which we may be discriminated against and invalidated, it can cause dysphoria for some of us, and just be generally uncomfortable. Because of this, we often end up with incomplete testing or denying ourselves the care we need. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We cannot let this happen.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #protectthepap has started a movement to reduce how often this occurs and bring the community together. And we’re more than happy to join them in spreading awareness about preventative healthcare. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ With the widespread use of Pap tests, cervical cancer has gone from the number one cancer killer of people with a cervix to number 14. That’s a DRASTIC difference. For the health of everyone with a cervix, the Pap test should be a part of a routine wellness screening regardless of gender or sexual orientation.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Normalizing getting regularly tested, and actually TALKING about it within our community can help create a safe space around something so vulnerable.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We know it can be uncomfortable and scary to get tested for anything that could bring life changing results, but taking control of your own health is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And your community is here to support you⁣⁣ What are some POSITIVE experiences you guys have had at the doctors? Any words of encouragement for those who are a little nervous? ⁣ ⁣ Paid for by Protect The Pap

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