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By on June 26, 2015

The University of California San Francisco has launched a longitudinal study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and other sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults to examine how their sexual orientation affects their health.

The study is called PRIDE and stands for population research in identity and disparities for equality. Researchers will collect data for the study using an iPhone app and will sync the app with Apple’s ResearchKit, which was first announced in early March.

According to a recent report from BuzzFeed News, scientists at the University of California in San Francisco is about to conduct the largest national health study of LGBT communities ever. And they’re doing it all with a smartphone app.

LGBTQ people continue to face unique health and healthcare disparities that stem from discrimination, stigma, and a lack of information about how our identities affect our health. Because sexual orientation and gender identity is not collected in most health studies, basic information about disease risk factors (like smoking), health promotion activities (like exercise), and unique strengths (like resilience in the face of adversity) is unknown.


The PRIDE study will use an iPhone app that accesses Apple’s new ResearchKit software. The study aims to assess the specific health needs of LGBT communities across the country, and will present participants with survey questions regarding various health risk factors including HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity, depression, and even cancer.