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Optimal gynecologic and obstetric care for lesbians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10214844     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lesbians, like other marginalized groups of women, underutilize health care services. Lesbians also present later for health care than heterosexual women. Lack of awareness of the health issues of lesbians by some health care professionals has produced lesbians' abstention from health services. After defining lesbianism, I discuss how homophobia is a public health problem. Health issues of lesbians and practical recommendations for providing optimal gynecologic and obstetric care are presented on the subjects of adolescence, sexual identity, behavior and practice, sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, Papanicolaou smears, cancer risk, fertility, and parenting issues. The discussion addresses how women's health research can be shaped to enhance knowledge about lesbian health. By changing physicians' attitudes and knowledge about lesbians, better communication and more sensitive interactions should result, improving the health care of lesbian patients.
N M Carroll
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-20     Completed Date:  1999-05-20     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  611-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; X    
Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
Gender Identity
Genital Neoplasms, Male / epidemiology
HIV Infections / transmission
Homosexuality, Female*
Risk Factors
Sexual Behavior
United States
Vaginal Smears / statistics & numerical data
Women's Health Services / standards*

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