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November 7, 1977

Examining the Homosexual Male for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

JAMA. 1977;238(19):2046-2047. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280200058020

Homosexual men may be deterred from seeking an examination for sexually transmitted diseases because it would require an open admission of sexual preference. For these diseases to be controlled, gay men must be motivated to be examined for sexually transmitted diseases. If a medical or health professional feels unable to respond to a gay patient's needs, he should refer the patient to someone who deals well with gay patients. Health care services must be offered in a way that minimizes the anxiety many homosexuals associate with examination and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

(JAMA 238:2046-2047, 1977)