LGBT Health Week 2017

With support from the Dr. Agnes Varis Trust, the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) organized the first LGBT health week in Lebanon under the slogan “marginalization is bad for health” to raise awareness among the public, the media, and the health care professionals about the negative effects of marginalization and discrimination in the health of LGBT people.

Saturday March 11, 2017Medical ConferenceUSJ Medical Campus9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday March 12, 2017Student WorkshopAUB – Issam Fares Hall9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Monday March 13, 2017Press ConferenceSmallville Hotel, Badaro11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday 15, 2017Grand Rounds TalkAUBMC, OBGYN Department7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Wednesday 15, 2017FHS TalkAUB – Van Dyck Auditorium12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday 15, 2017LebMASH Annual Reception & Award CeremonyMadam Om6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

During the press conference LebMASH launched the 3 campaign videos that were later disseminated on social media.

The first video features a sexual health specialist who wants to treat all his patients equally. He explains that unfortunately, article 534 of the Lebanese penal code prevents him from doing his job effectively. He calls for this law to be abolished

The second video highlights how the support that this loving mom gave her son helped him get the proper care for his HIV. It highlights how having a supportive family is a protective factor against HIV.

The third video highlights the fact that homosexuality itself is not a mental illness but being subjected to chronic stress puts LGBT people at a higher risk of having mental health issues. Support from family is a protective factor against having mental health issues