CDC rolling back data collection about LGBT health issues

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly rolled back a program that collected an LGBT—related data for further healthcare researches. The US federal government agency this week disclosed that it will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of the LGBT population. Since 2014, the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) has included a module on gender identity and sexuality that has been used in more than 3o states. The BRFSS system uses surveys and data collection to analyze the needs of US residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and service use – and had been one of the only quality sources of data related to LGBT healthcare. However, the CDC abruptly disclosed and the data collection for 2019 is scrapped. The concerning decision to axe the data collection follows a string of other actions across the federal government since Trump took power to abandon services and data collection relating to LGBT issues.

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