Rainbow V: The Medical Community Needs to Step It Up for LGBT Community
A “yes” to the question of “Are you sexually active?” needs to be followed up with, “Are you sexually active with a male or female?” A lesbian may not offer that information unless she is asked directly, and if there’s no exchange of this vital information, there is no real communication between patient and healthcare provider.
I believe the medical community needs to take the lead and learn the appropriate and sensitive way of asking the potentially uncomfortable medical questions necessary to bridge the gap in a doctor-patient relationship, especially concerning lesbian and bisexual patients.
It’s also essential that a lesbian or bisexual woman find a healthcare provider with whom she feels completely comfortable. And that comfort needs to extend to a welcoming and receptive office staff as well.