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Readers Respond: What's it like talking to your doctor about sexual health?

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Updated January 08, 2011

Some doctors provide a welcoming, safe space to ask questions about sexual health and discuss your concerns. Others are uncomfortable, rude, judgmental, or just plain ignorant. This is a place for you to share your stories about how your doctors' attitudes have affected your sexual health care - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Stigma

I was said to have Hepatitis and a Doctor who isn't my Doctor reported me and I wonder what and how she did it. All my background checks contain the information warning people not to be careful dealing with me but states that they should avoid me. People just get scared of me. Everywhere I go the information is ready for people to see and at times I get mocked in addition to the stigma. I never get employment and life is harder for me. I wonder if this drastic step was taken against me because I am a national of another country living in America. I never knew people were that wicked. ***From Your Guide: Hepatitis reporting has nothing to do with your nationality. Hepatitis is a nationally notifiable disease that doctors are supposed to report to the CDC when they detect it. However, the information should not be publicly available.***
—Guest Michael

moral advice from physicians

Thanks for writing about this. When I was a senior in high school, I spoke with my primary care physician about getting a prescription for birth control pills. Instead of referring me to care or discussing safe sex with me, he told me that he thought that I was not emotionally mature enough for sex, that my boyfriend would leave me after we had sex, and that I should get more involved in my church (I am an atheist). I was shocked by his response and somewhat embarrassed. I understand that different people have different views on sexuality, but I expect healthcare providers to do just that - provide health care and not dispense moral advice.
—Guest Anonymous

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