Does Your Doctor Know About Your Sexuality?

By OckyDub | Posted Jun 17 2014 | 17 Comments  

DoctorDoes your doctor know about your sexuality? Speaking for myself; my thought is, “why wouldn’t he, he’s my doctor“? However as many studies suggest, this is not the case for many gay men. Some gay men are embarrassed, feel its too personal, feel their health care provider wouldn’t understand or feel they may be rejected. I have personally been told in the past by an acquaintance that he is uncomfortable discussing his sexuality with his doctor because his doctor is African American. It may not seem like it but this is a serious issue. As one provider (Dr. Mark Thoma, MD) stated LGBTQ patients may have some diseases that aren’t seen as commonly in the remaining 90-95% of the population. Not just HIV/AIDS, but other diseases as well, like anal cancer or meningitis.”

Some research has suggested that honest communication with your healthcare provider can improve your sexual health.  Patients who discussed their sexuality with their doctors were more likely to use condoms and are more educated concerning HIV and STI’s. They are also more likely to be prescribed preventative medications like Truvada or PrEP.

Do your research and attempt to locate a health care provider that is knowledgeable and sensitive to LGBT concerns and needs. Some valuable resources to start with include;

So what about you? Does your doctor know about your sexuality? Why or why not?

About the Author
OckyDub

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

   
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