Opinion: Better information on sexual orientation and gender identity is needed to improve LGBTQ+ health

Over the past three years, many Americans learned more about epidemiology than they ever knew before. From Covid-19 to mpox to polio, a new generation of citizen scientists is now joining trained professionals in analyzing public health data, forecasting trends, and making personal decisions based on the latest outbreak patterns.

But professionals and everyday observers alike are running up against one of the most significant problems in the world of health care data science: the available information is rarely complete enough, granular enough, or timely enough to effectively answer the question “What does this actually mean for me?”

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