Gay-Friendly Doctors

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    Jun 06, 2008 12:11 PM GMT
    I'm searching for a new General Family Doctor whom I would see for every little cold, cut, and annual exam. But all I seem to find are straight doctors...that don't seem to understand some of the unique health problems that we GAY guys might face.

    In reading in RealJock Forums, I just found out that I'm supposed to be having regular Pap-Smears!!! Certainly my straight doctor doesn't know about this either.

    And honenstly, I feel his uncomfortableness when I talk about having anal sex. The only thing he wants to profess is "wear a condom." Well, I'm sorry, but there's more to being a healthy gay man in today's world.

    Does anyone else feel that way?

    And I called Oxford Health Plans and asked for a gay doctor. "We don't keep information like that."
    There is a GLBT Database of Gay-Friendly Doctors, but the closest in that database are almost an HOUR away from home! I cannot accept that there aren't any gay doctors any closer....is there another database???

    How did you find a gay-friendly doctor?????
    Eric
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    Jun 06, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    My doctor is not only gay-friendly but gay. I was really lucky that I found him. I asked the Hassle Free Clinic (STD testing) in Toronto in the early 1990's if they knew of any gay doctors accepting new patients. He had just graduated and was trying to attract new patients. I felt comfortable with him right away.

    A further bonus was that he specializes in treating people with HIV, so when I was diagnosed he was very good at helping me understand the treatment options. He no longer takes new patients, nor do any of the other doctors at the Clinic (10,000 patients for 8 doctors).

    I don't know where Smithtown is, but I would recommend phoning a gay help phoneline, or a gay organization that specializes in helping people with HIV, they may know of gay-friendly or gay general physicians. Yet another source could be the STD testing facility.

    Good luck.
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    Jun 06, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    I think those directories are very inaccurate. I just searched for a physician I know of who treats a lot of gay men and is himself a gay man. Does he show up on the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association website? Nope.

    The best way is word of mouth. That's how I found out about this doctor, who makes screening his gay patients for STDs and vaccinating them against Hep A & B a routine part of his practice.

    I see where you are on Long Island. You should not have to drive all the way to Manhattan to find a gay-friendly physician. Can you ask some gay friends? Or (like Wysiwyg already said), I wonder if there is a gay advocacy group in the area that you could ask for a referral.
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    Jun 07, 2008 11:57 AM GMT
    OK, I'll check out the local gay hotline and post my findings here.

    Also, I've got to have more gay friends!!!! icon_lol.gifSo that I can ask about their doctors! It'll be "research!"icon_twisted.gif
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    May 12, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
    If you find any lemme know. I feel kind of awkward telling my general practitioner anything having to do with being gay. She's also a woman, not sure if that's part of it.
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    Jan 03, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has a provider directory that you can search to find physicians in your area: https://glmaimpak.networkats.com/members_online_new/members/dir_provider.asp .