3. SEXUALITY

3.5 Sexuality: Safer Sex – Counselling

Once you have taken a thorough sexual history, knowing how to provide counselling on safer sex for lesbian, bisexual and queer women is just as important. Consider the following scenario:

Gwen O’Hare is a 26 year old female who has presented to her GP concerned about an STI and seeking medical advice about the sorts of methods she can use to practice safer sex with her new girlfriend.”

 

Sometimes, clinicians can make assumptions about a person’s sexual practices.  Several reports have shown that when health professionals discriminate or impose their prejudices on their patients, the quality of their healthcare suffers. Many LGBTIQ patients have experienced discrimination at some stage in their lives and may be highly sensitive to discrimination or judgement from healthcare professionals. As such, clinical settings must be spaces where LGBTIQ individuals feel safe to disclose their sexuality without fear of judgement.

In the following section, we’ll develop clinical skills with lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.

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