Andrew Silapaswan, writing in the Huffingon Post, talks about doctors and GLBTQ patients:
“My experience is not unique, as many others in the LGBT community face similar challenges. In a 2005 survey 22 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual patients reported having experienced some form of discrimination in a health care setting. So why are so many health care providers ill-equipped to handle the health care needs of LGBT people? …One of the most comprehensive studies examining the incorporation of LGBT content in medical education was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The report indicated that the median time dedicated to teaching LGBT-related content was five hours (during the entire four years of medical education) in the 132 U.S. and Canadian medical schools that were surveyed. Additionally, nine schools reported zero hours taught during the preclinical years, and 44 schools reported zero hours of clinical training.”
Five hours. Or zero hours.
Meanwhile, Silapaswan notes, AIDS continues to grow among the male-to-male population, and lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of breast cancer than heterosexual women.