Media spotlight on lack of LGBTQ medical training

Posted on: September 16th, 2011

Since human beings are all the same, there is no need for “LGBTQ medical training,” right? Wrong, according to Huffington Post’s Catherine Pearson. “According to the U.S. government’s Healthy People Program, [LGBTQ-specific] needs can include specific adolescent and adult mental health issues, drug and alcohol use, obesity and risk of sexually transmitted infections,” Pearson notes.

The authors of the new study — which was conducted by Stanford University’s LGBT Medical Education Research Group and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association — did find that 97 percent of the schools surveyed taught students to ask patients if they have sex with men, women or both when asking about sexual history.

But fewer schools emphasized the difference between sexual behavior and identity — just 72 percent indicated they teach students, for example, that some men may have sex with other men but still identify as straight.

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