Sexuality and its expression is for some a source of great pleasure yet for others nothing but pain. Physicians are usually consulted only by the troubled, and a willingness and ability to manage patients’ concerns about sex can relieve a great deal of suffering. In the context of a family medical practice, sexual health is a legitimate and necessary subject for inquiry during all phases of the life cycle. Since the arrival of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the early 1980s, a patient’s behavior could even become a matter of life and death without a frank discussion about sex. Every patient deserves to have a sexual history taken and an opportunity to seek accurate information about sex in a nonthreatening, non-judgmental encounter.
KeywordsErectile Dysfunction Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Problem Sexually Transmitted Disease Premature Ejaculation
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