Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
Whitman-Walker is proud of its historic commitment to provide services that are sensitive to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Since our founding as the Gay Men's VD Clinic in 1973, Whitman-Walker's services have promoted awareness, provided support for physical and mental health, and have been delivered with a supportive and culturally sensitive environment.
All services are available to the Spanish-speaking community through bilingual staff and volunteers. Other translation services are available upon request.
Meningitis vaccinations. Due to growing demand from the gay male community, Whitman-Walker Health is now offering meningitis vaccinations to people who are not currently patients of WWH.
The cost of each vaccine is $150 per shot. People who are HIV-negative will need one shot. People with HIV will need two shots eight weeks apart.
Non-WWH patients who want the vaccine can pay for the vaccine with cash or credit card.
As a reminder, there have been no reported cases of meningitis in the gay male community in DC. WWH currently recommends vaccination for gay men who are sexually active with multiple partners or travel frequently.
Primary medical care, including preventative exams, care for urgent and chronic health issues, including HIV/AIDS care, is available to the LGBT community. Our medical practitioners are local leaders in LGBT health care and are very knowledgeable regarding health concerns that occur in the LGBT community. Some examples of specific LGBT health services at Whitman-Walker include:
For more specific information on Transgender care, please visit our Transgender Care page.
- Affirming gynecological care for lesbians, bisexual women and certain transgender patients.
- Screening for anal cancer in gay and bisexual men.
- Culturally-sensitive STD screenings for all patients.
- Our Gay Men's Health and Wellness/STD Clinic provides free screenings for sexually transmitted diseases every Tuesday and Thursday night.
- Hepatitis A and B, Gardasil (for human papillomavirus) and other medically-appropriate vaccines are available.
- The Breast Health Initiative offers access to mammography, clinical breast exams and breast self-exam education. BHI helps women with breast health/chest health concerns navigate the health care system.
- HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, treating patients with HIV medications to prevent infection after an unsafe sexual exposure
- Transgender clients can access services such as hormone and testosterone therapy (with our on-site pharmacy for hormones), and trans-affirmative physical exams, including gynecological exams, STD screening and treatment, and cancer screenings.
The Behavioral Health Care programs of Whitman-Walker promote the mental health of LGBT persons and their loved ones through both professional and peer-based services.
Dental services are available.
Medical adherence services to help patients maintain their treatment regimen for chronic conditions.
Legal Services are available to help Whitman-Walker clients with sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination; wills, advance medical directives and financial powers of attorney; health, life and disability insurance problems; asylum and other immigration issues; debtors’ rights; and help with name changes and changes to identity documents.