Students should understand gay health needs
- By: Andrew Iles
Gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals who are open about their sexuality report prejudice from health professionals, a new study has found. The questionnaire, done at University College, London, also found that gay men and lesbians saw many advantages in being able to choose a lesbian, gay, or bisexual clinician.
But Jolyon Oxley, co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD) was wary of the implications of such a move. He said, “GLADD considers that their [gay, lesbian, and bisexual people] needs will be better served in the long run if all clinicians are appropriately skilled to meet their health needs.” He added, “Students and doctors need to learn how to respond appropriately to LGB [lesbian, gay, and bisexual] people in all health settings.”
Sophie Corlett, policy director of Mind, a mental health charity, hopes that these findings will improve health professionals' understanding of the mental health