Cecil R. Webster, Jr., MD Generally speaking, discussing what happens in our bedrooms outside of the bedroom can be anxiety-provoking. Let’s try to make your doctor’s office an exception. Why is this important? People in the LGBTQ+ community contend not only with a full range of health needs, but also with environments that may lead to unique mental and physical health challenges. Whether or not you have come out in general, doing so with your doctor may prove critical in managing your health. Sexual experiences, with their impact on identity, varied emotional significance, and disease risk, are a keystone for helping your doctor understand how to personalize your healthcare.
Self-swab testing for HPV could be a good alternative to pap tests for transmasculine people, says Sari Reisner, principal investigator of the study and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, also in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.