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Sexual Minorities Have Greater COVID-19 Risk Factors

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Gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults have higher rates than heterosexual people of health conditions that increase the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to national survey data.

Currently, US COVID-19 surveillance systems don’t collect data on patients’ sexual orientation or gender identity—a concern that advocacy groups and health care organizations raised during a meeting with the CDC in November 2020. To help fill the information gap, the CDC analyzed Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2017 to 2019 to determine the prevalence in this population of conditions that raise the risk of severe COVID-19. About 5% of the survey’s respondents identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Too few respondents identified as transgender or nonbinary to reliably estimate their COVID-19 risk factors, the authors noted.

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Gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults have higher rates than heterosexual people of health conditions that increase the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to national survey data.

Currently, US COVID-19 surveillance systems don’t collect data on patients’ sexual orientation or gender identity—a concern that advocacy groups and health care organizations raised during a meeting with the CDC in November 2020. To help fill the information gap, the CDC analyzed Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2017 to 2019 to determine the prevalence in this population of conditions that raise the risk of severe COVID-19. About 5% of the survey’s respondents identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Too few respondents identified as transgender or nonbinary to reliably estimate their COVID-19 risk factors, the authors noted.

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