The study is attempting to determine if members of the LGBT2Q+ community are at greater risk of developing COVID-19 or other chronic diseases.
Through community health monitoring, the studies will be carried out by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), which is based out of Vancouver. Research into the effects of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ2+ community will begin in November, while research on chronic disease in the community will follow in 2021.
Researchers say members of the LGBTQ2+ community can face different levels of discrimination and stigma that manifests into poor mental health, which can in turn lead to differential outcomes in terms of chronic health.Todd Harmer – CTV News Vancouver Island
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