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You might not be used to talking about your body and what’s happening in your life,
so it’s important to find a doctor you trust. When you talk to them about your health
and lifestyle, your doctor can help you make decisions about your care and treatment.
What you say to your doctor is private – your information will not be shared without
Before your appointment, make a list of the things you want to discuss:
Your health history and family health history
Recent changes in your health and/or lifestyle
Changes in your life that are causing you to feel stress
A list of your prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies or supplements
During your visit, ask questions if anything seems unclear to you. Tell the doctor if you have concerns about a
particular treatment or recommended change in your daily life.
If you don’t understand your doctor’s
explanations, you can also ask them to draw
pictures or give you printed information
Ask your doctor to write down directions about medications or home treatment
Tell your doctor when you need more time to talk. If they are not available, a physician assistant, nurse, or pharmacist can help you.
You have a right to receive health care in a friendly, respectful setting. Coming out
to your doctor gives you an opportunity to discuss how you can make health care fit
your needs. That includes talking about LGBTQ health issues as a regular part of
Tips for finding and being open with healthcare providers:
Ask for referrals — Ask friends or local LGBTQ centers for LGBTQ friendly providers
Call your doctor's office — You don't have to give your name when you ask:
If they have any LGBTQ patients
How they feel about LGBTQ patients and LGBTQ health care
What training or experience they have with LGBTQ health care issues
Talk to your doctor when you feel most comfortable — You might feel more
comfortable if you ask to talk to your doctor in their office, instead of the exam room
Be educated and proactive —Your doctor may want to help but might not deal with issues
unique to LGBTQ youths every day so it's important for you to learn and ask your doctor about
health topics that matter to you
Links: Understand Your Health Care - Click on the Titles
Questions for Your Doctor
These questions can help you start conversations about common
health problems and concerns. You may want to make a list
and bring it to your doctor's appointment.
Talk to Your Doctor
Doctors and nurses are trained to help you with your health and emotional concerns. Even if you feel embarrassed
at first about bringing up personal topics (like physical development or sexual health), doctors deal with those
concerns — and all sorts of things — every day.
PCP Who’s Who
A primary care physician practices general medicine and is your first stop for medical care. Several different types
of primary care doctors treat teens.
Preventive Care for LGBTQ People
LGBTQ people have some unique health needs and concerns. Some health care providers don’t fully understand these issues.
It’s important that you ask your provider about health matters that may apply to you.
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