Healthcare experiences of urban young adult lesbians

Marybec Griffin, Jessica Jaiswal, Dawn Krytusa, Kristen D. Krause, Farzana Kapadia, Perry N. Halkitis

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Purpose: This cross-sectional study of young adult lesbians explores their healthcare experiences including having a primary care provider, forgone care, knowledge of where to obtain Pap testing, and sexually transmitted infection testing. Methods: Quantitative surveys were conducted at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender venues and events with a sample of 100 young adult lesbians in New York City between June and October 2016. Using the Andersen model of healthcare access, this study examined associations between sociodemographic characteristics and healthcare experiences using multivariable logistic regression models. Results: Having a primary care provider was associated with having health insurance (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 4.9, p < 0.05). Both insurance (AOR = 0.2, p < 0.05) and employment (AOR = 0.2, p < 0.05) status were protective against foregone care among young adult lesbians. Disclosure of sexual orientation to a provider improved knowledge of where to access Pap testing (AOR = 7.5, p < 0.05). Disclosure of sexual orientation to friends and family improved knowledge of where to access sexually transmitted infection testing (AOR = 3.6, p < 0.05). Conclusion: Socioeconomic factors are significantly associated with healthcare access among young adult lesbians in New York City. Maintaining non-discrimination protections for both healthcare services and insurance coverage are important for this population. In addition, financial subsidies that lower the cost of health insurance coverage may also help improve healthcare access among young adult lesbians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWomen's Health
StatePublished - 2020


  • access
  • healthcare
  • lesbians
  • satisfaction
  • screening
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities/statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Insurance Coverage/statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Homosexuality, Female/statistics & numerical data
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • New York City
  • Young Adult
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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