Do you have questions that you’d like answered by a doctor with expertise in LGBT health and medicine? The Fenway Institute, through a donation from ExpertViewpoint LLC, and funding from Pfizer, Inc, has launched Ask the Experts About LGBT Health, an online Q&A that allows users to submit questions to Drs. Harvey Makadon and Patricia Raney from Fenway Health.
Launched in August 2009, the service provides detailed answers to questions on different topics in LGBT health, and maintains an archive of past questions and answers for easy browsing. Topics covered so far include Pap smears for men, breast cancer, and STD testing for bisexual women. For each topic there is an accompanying fact sheet that can be downloaded and distributed in hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare settings. Ask the Experts is a logical extension of Fenway’s commitment to educating providers and consumers about health issues that impact the LGBT community. By offering a service like this on the Internet, we are able to reach people across the country and even the world.
Ask the Experts about LGBT Health is part of a larger network for the public that ExpertViewpoint is creating, drawing on LGBT community organizations with expertise to share about important health topics. ExpertViewpoint was first created to power Q&A on HIV/AIDS at TheBody.com, the web's premier HIV resource.
Ask the Experts about LGBT Health serves as a complement to Ask Dr. Cox, Fenway’s online Q&A service designed to answer specific questions and provide referrals around gay and bisexual men’s sexual health issues.
“With Ask Dr. Cox, we can answer pressing questions from gay and bi men, usually in a matter of hours,” says Jon Vincent, Prevention and Community Education Manager. “These are personalized responses and may be very unique to an individual. It is a basic, albeit very useful service-- available to everyone, but the answers are not public. Ask the Experts, on the other hand, will address the spectrum of LGBT health topics, and will be more broadly applicable, rather than focused on a specific individual’s situation. It’s in some ways more like a health blog, making use of web 2.0 technologies to spread information far and wide.”
Ask the Experts About LGBT Health will grow over the years so that it eventually provides a full-range database of information on the primary health issues found in LGBT populations. Postings will be routinely updated as needed. If you would like to pose a question, please visit ask.thefenwayinstitute.org.