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On Monday, the American College of Physicians issued controversial new guidelines
, removing the dreaded pelvic exam from the list of required routine GYN care for most healthy women. This does not take away the need for regular cervical pap tests and examinations for women experiencing unusual symptoms. For healthy women, they understood that the pelvic exam can cause “unnecessary and avoidable harms, including anxiety, embarrassment and discomfort, and may even prevent some women from getting needed medical care." For lesbian and bisexual women who have a greater tendency to avoid GYN care, this may be relieving news.
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LGBT people may have felt little immediate impact from last Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that for-profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. And, while Justice Alito’s decision was “very specific”, the door has been opened
to allow business to attempt to deny health care to transgender people, or withhold coverage of HIV/AIDS medications or refuse to pay for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PReP, for gay men. The future consequence of this decision for us are truly unknown
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A bisexual man fears for his life after being denied asylum
due to “dishonesty”: he has a child and has lived with a woman in the UK. This sort of erasure and stigma of bisexuals are core to the poorer health outcomes they report compared to lesbians and gay men; luckily The Fenway Institute has begun the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health
(BiRCH) to study these very problems.
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Researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, reported that LGB surgery residents experience stigma
in several ways: feelings of discomfort with discussing their relationship at or bringing their partner to work, 30% omitted their LGB identity during application fearing it would hurt their admissions, and over half actively concealed their sexual orientation to other residents fearing rejection, and to attending physicians fearing poor evaluations; they also witnessed homophobic comments from both nursing staff and attending physicians in startling high numbers. How much better could medicine be practiced if there weren’t these sorts of institutional homophobia?