Our team is happy to help! A draft of an annual survey of older Americans, released in March by the Department of Health and Human Services, no longer included a question about sexual orientation. When he was 11 years old, Williams told his doctor that he was gay. And there are other good reasons to ask as well, said Dr. Family doctors are trained in both obstetrics and gynecology, they can deliver babies and do most routine gynecological procedures. Make an Appointment Patient Portal. Get started with One Medical today Membership sign-up Opens in a new window.
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With so little time and private space to treat patients in a busy emergency department, clinicians traditionally have been reluctant to ask information that they believed was not clinically relevant, said Dr. If the patient has already been asked about sexual orientation, he added, the patient might be comfortable allowing doctors to speak with a significant other. The movement to collect the information, which some public health experts compare in significance to gathering patient data on race and ethnicity, is gaining traction. When making your first appointment, ask which providers in your area are experts in transgender health.