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Gay, Lesbian And Transgender Health
Wide definitions: A sexual health counselor may be someone at school, someone at a health clinic, or another setting. Typically this person is not a medical doctor, but is trained in some area of how the body works and functions sexually. A reproductive health doctor would be a medical doctor trained in medical school who specialized in helping individuals with reproductive problems. ...Read more
If fetishes, pedophilia, necrophilia, zoophilia and other weird sexual attractions and behaviors are classified as paraphilias, how come gay isn't?
Once upon a time: It was in the past considered a disorder but they correctly recognized that error and now know that it's w/in the normal healthy range of humans. Any unlawful, non-consensual or violent acts apart, those may also be dropped. If the person is comfortable and harms no one - it's not a problem. If it's any of those - it is! Gay is not necessarily weird - sometimes it's even dull! ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes certain diagnoses are applied to more women vs men, and problems can be missed because our index of suspicion may not be high enough. For instance, heart attack symptoms may differ in men vs women, but both genders will be just as sick. Some doctors may also assume that women are "hysterical" rather than understanding they may have a complicated health problem. We have a lot to learn. ...Read more
Female Genital : Mutilation can lead to death, severe chronic pain, hemorrhage, urinary retention, urinary tract infections, keloid scars, strictures, fistula, incontinence, infertility, painful intercourse, painful periods, neuroma, recurrent infections, septicemia, transmission of hepatitis, tetanus, HIV & difficulty with childbirth. This doesn't address the emotional damage & horror inflicted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Male HPV. 3 female partners. Stances on contacting these former partners? Vaginal AND oral-only partners? Trust they are already getting proper care?
Probably no need: There is no need to inform them. Since 90% of all people get HPV, and at any time 30-50% of sexually active persons are infected, your partners are at no higher risk because you have been diagnosed. If any of your partners is quite recent (in the past 6 months) and if you have genital warts, tell them so they can be on the lookout for warts. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more
Violence and Bullies: I feel that transgendered humans get some of the worse life journey than we can imagine. I take care of a few hundred. I see and hear that they are beaten frequently. They are bullied, gossiped about; given misinformation. Their medical care is often not paid for by insurance. They suffer from job discrimination. All of the worse thing you can imagine. But, those that survive are true heroes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I find a gay therapist? Are there even gay therapists? I am distressed from very personal concerns that are unique to homosexual males.
Would a friend of mine need therapist because he's discontent and disappointed with his sexual orientation? (homosexual male).
Therapy can help: w/comfort level of sexual orientation but does not change it. Like any other aspect of personality, we need to understand and embrace who we are. Sadly, society puts an additional burden on folks who are not the norm, be it race, religion, sexuality, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Some questions for U: Questions to ponder: in the event of a life-threatening accident, or a grave and unexpected illness, how would you and your family pay for the care you need? These costs can be hundreds of thousands of $, and easily bankrupt a family. Also, are you independently able to pay for preventive doctor visits now, while you are young and healthy -- so that potential illnesses are avoided as you age? ...Read more
Explain human attraction between man and woman who are opposites. Why women who are good by nature are attracted to guys who have bad behavior?
Excitation: I find that 'opposites attract' in relationships because the opposite to you is exciting and different. However, long-term relationships generally work best between people who share similarities especially in core values, world view, plans for the future. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At times: Planned parenthood is a generalized substitute for gynecologic and general health care for women. Most of their efforts are in pelvic inflammatory disease, cancer detection and birth control. A few other areas of interest like pregnancy termination, a small percentage of their total efforts, have been a target of politically inspired demagogues. Female teen sexual health is addresed there. ...Read more
Several reasons: When a sub-culture accepts that men should be more powerful than and control women, harming them to maintain control becomes acceptable. If violence was witnessed as a child, a man may believe it is ok. Some men believe that it is part of "being a man." if a man was traumatized by violence as a child, he may not have skills to manage anger or his own behavior. He could be mentally ill. ...Read more
FEAR: Could be fear could be cultural differences. Do they have insurance, can they speak english. Do they have other support. Are they citizens or do they fear deportation. Lots of reasons that many women foreign or not that do not report abuse. Mistake for love and think it won't happen again. Think that they deserve the abuse or they brought it on. Get help. No abuse is alright and help is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is how. : By empowering patients and people, they will become more invested and participate in their health care and social situations, improving outcomes. ...Read more
Does medical care involving prevention of STD's require parental consent? Wouldn't a teen who has ignorant parents have a right to safe sex?
Depends: Many states exempt sex related care from parental notification. It is often easiest to obtain in many clinics operated for that purpose. If/when you go to a regular private office or use a parents insurance to access care, they would find out about visits eventually when the insurance paperwork came through documenting payment for services. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The careless: There is a risk of STD's in all of these categories. The basic advice is to assess risk, establish honesty and trust, and use protective measures at all times. You will not make a lifestyle choice based on the risk of STD's anyway so what would this information tell you? ...Read more
The anus: Was not made for sex, it can cause infection, tears of the retum and anus , possible perforation, and can damage the rectal sphincter, so u cannot control flatus or stool so both can leak out or u can become incontinent rectally, if you feel your vagina is not tight enough u can have surgery to tighten the vagina and the opening. ...Read more