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October 2005

Dermatology-Related Epidemiologic and Clinical Concerns of Men Who Have Sex With Men, Women Who Have Sex With Women, and Transgender Individuals

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Mazzoni Clinic (Dr Katz); and Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine (Dr Furnish), Philadelphia. Dr Furnish is currently at the Department of Medicine, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Penn.

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(10):1303-1310. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.10.1303

Objective  To review the recent literature relevant to dermatologists regarding sexual-minority patients: men who have sex with men, women who have sex with women, and transgender and intersex individuals.

Data Sources  We searched MEDLINE for articles relating to sexual-minority patients and dermatology.

Data Extraction  Information regarding clinical, epidemiologic, and terminology issues relating to sexual-minority patients, with particular attention to concerns relevant to dermatologists.

Conclusions  Sexual-minority patients have specific clinical and epidemiologic issues that are relevant to dermatologists. Knowledge of these issues, as well as sensitivity to issues of terminology, can enable dermatologists to better care for sexual-minority patients.

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