Physician Fitness: Tips for Finding & Talking to a Doc
LOOKING FOR A DOC WHILE WORKING IN THE SEX BIZ? THESE TIPS HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT PHYISICAN
Questions to Ask Potential Doc
- What are your hours?
- What is the cost of a visit?
- Do you have a sliding scale?
- Do you have a policy on anonymous testing?
- Is your staff experienced in men’s sexual healthcare?
- Is your staff experienced with LGBT patients?
Tips for Safe, Smart Medical Care
Ask people within your network for recommendations of physicians and sexual health clinics where they have engaged positively with the staff, including disclosure of their work in the sex industry. An alternative is to research doctors that make themselves available to LGBT populations. Even if you are not LGBT yourself, these professionals are often comfortable talking about sexual health issues in a non-judgmental environment. One source is http://www.glma.org.
During your initial visit, check confidentiality policies with the physician and be clear you have an active sexual lifestyle. If the Doc helps you feel comfortable and asks helpful questions about your activity, it may be possible to disclose your work in the sex industry.
Be cautious of oversharing about issues related to your work. Keep any information not relevant to your health concerns out of the doctor’s office. You can have a relationship with two separate physicians/clinics: one for everyday ailments and checkups and the other for sexual health needs. It’s not ideal. A doctor who is aware of only half your history may not diagnose correctly.
Allow doctors to earn your comfort and trust by showing compassion and appropriate care. Know your rights and what you’re looking for before you enter the office. Having a doctor you can trust is worth the effort.