Women Veterans Health Care
LGBTQ+ Health Care for the Veteran You Are
VA is dedicated to being a leader in health care for LGBTQ+ Veterans. We provide comprehensive care for LGBTQ+ Veterans, including routine health services, mental health care, hormone treatment, tobacco cessation programs, sexually transmitted infection prevention, cancer screenings and more.
VA provides sensitive and affirming medical care to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ Veterans and we offer providers who are trained in best practices in LGBT health care to ensure you receive the best care possible.
The Power of Preventive Health
VA recognizes that LGBTQ+ Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in health care due to stigma, discrimination, and stress. However, getting preventive care reduces the risk for disease, disability, and death. VA believes in providing a safe and inclusive environment that fosters patient trust, disclosure, and positive health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Veterans.
Talk with your Provider
VA encourages Veterans to talk about all aspects of their lives with their providers, including sexual orientation and gender identity, so we can provide the best care possible. Conversations and the information you share with your VA provider are confidential.
Every VA facility has a LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) to connect LGBTQ+ Veterans to health care services. They help Veterans find providers, answer questions, and report problems, if encountered. VA also offers Women Veterans Program Managers to assist with your care coordination needs. Additional resources that are available include:
- Virtual Mental Health Care: Veterans can connect with a VA mental health provider through a computer or mobile device from the comfort of their home or at their nearest VA health facility.
- VA Tobacco Cessation Resources: VA offers a variety of resources and programs to help Veterans quit tobacco use.
- Substance Use/Alcohol Treatment: Effective treatments for substance abuse problems are available through the VA. Options include therapy, either alone with a therapist or in a group, as well as medications.
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention/Treatment: VA encourages all Veterans of all gender identities to get tested for HIV and other STIs.
- Cancer Screenings: VA provides screenings for breast, ovarian, cervical, uterine, prostate, testicular, colon, and anal cancers.
- Intimate Partner Violence Support: Veterans may contact their local VA hospital and ask to speak with the Women Veterans Program Manager who can connect them with appropriate resources. Learn more at Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP).
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