Gay Patients in the Medical Setting

  • Nanette Gartrell
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Approximately 20 million people in this country are predominantly homosexual for some part of their lives.1,2 An even larger number engage in homosexual activity from time to time. Although the average physician may not be aware of the sexual orientation of most patients, he can expect that about 5%–10% of patients are homosexual. This chapter examines the special needs and problems of the gay patient in seeking health care from non-gay physicians.


Sexual Orientation Anal Intercourse Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Sexual Problem Heterosexual Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nanette Gartrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School and Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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