LGBT people access their GPs for back problems, colds, flu and general ill health, but tend not to use them for counselling or any LGBT specific issues as they can often feel they are ill equipped to deal with their needs or are concerned that they might receive a judgemental service because of a lack of understanding of their sexual orientation. This can affect the way LGBT people feel about themselves and how they think others perceive them, causing low self-esteem and low levels of confidence. This can lead to putting themselves in risky situations to counter these feelings.
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