So, this morning while scrolling through Facebook I saw a post about a guy who decided to come out to his primary care physician. He was more anxious and nervous to tell his doctor than he was to tell his wife. In the end the visit went well, he was supported by his doctor and he carried on with his day.
Some of Us have the courage to tell people how we identify, some of Us don’t. some of Us would rather not tell a soul while others wish we could go to the highest point in our city and yell it to the whole town.
When should you tell your health care provider about your sexuality?
Do you have to ever tell your doctor about your sexuality?
Well, that all depends on your particular health care situation. If you feel you need care for a health issue related to your sexuality then it may be a good idea to divulge so you can get the treatment you need.
It’s good to keep in mind for the easing of your nerves that all medical information is privileged and private, protected by HIPAA. I’ve included the link so you can read all about how your medical information is protected. 🙂
Your physician cannot share your personal information with ANYONE without facing professional, legal and possible civil ramifications under Federal law.
Do you need to tell your physician about your sexuality if you have no health care issues related to your sexual identity?
Well, in all honesty that’s a personal choice only you can make.
For some, telling your doctor may be the first step to Coming Out. It may be a place where you can speak to someone face to face about your feelings surrounding your sexuality without fear of judgement or having to see this person on a day to day basis.
Your doctor may also have resources in your local community for support regarding your sexuality if you need.
In the end, telling your health care professional about your sexuality is a personal choice only you can make.
Only you can determine your comfortability level with your doctor, only you can determine if He/She needs to know.
Have you had a coming out experience with a health care professional?
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I’m sure other readers who may be considering Coming Out to their doctor would benefit from knowing what it was like for you!
-Jay Dee, Founder