Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Sexual Health/Reproductive Health-Related Problems of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Turkey and Their Health-Care Needs

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Department of Nursing, Başkent University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Nursing, Gazi University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Midwifery, Ankara University Faculty of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey

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Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Midwifery, Selçuk University Faculty of Health Sciences, Konya, Turkey

FNJN Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing 2020; 28: 97-109
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2020.19032
Read: 184 Downloads: 88 Published: 06 March 2020

Aim: To determine sexual and reproductive health problems and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people based on their experiences and to develop solutions.

Method: A mixed method, which includes quantitative (descriptive) and qualitative (phenomenological) methods, was used (n=106). An online questionnaire was used to collect the data.

Results: Of the participants, 42.5% stated that they had experienced problems receiving sexual and reproductive health-care services, and 77.8% of those who stated they had problems indicated that the attitude of the health-care professionals was discriminatory or unfavorable. In the qualitative analysis, two themes were created: “Experiences during Health-care Services” and “Recommendations for Health Services.”

Conclusion: It was determined that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have sexual problems, sexually transmitted diseases, and suffer from sexual harassment. However, it was found that they do not receive sufficient health-care due to health-care professionals’ attitudes, homophobia, and disregard of privacy or confidentiality. In line with the results of the present research and the suggestions of the participants, it is suggested that training programs should be organized for health-care professionals providing services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to raise awareness and ultimately promote more effective services.

Cite this article as: Taşkın, L., Şentürk-Erenel, A., Yaman-Sözbir, Ş., Gönenç, İ. M., Yücel, Ç., Alan-Dikmen, H., et al. (2020). Sexual health/reproductive health-related problems of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Turkey and their health-care needs. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 28(1), 97-109.

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