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Lesbian Health

Tina D’Amato, DO Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • A lesbian is a woman who has her primary emotional and sexual relationships with women.

  • Other sexual minorities include bisexual, transgender, and transsexual women.

  • Sexual behaviors

    • Ma...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Create a safe practice environment for lesbian patients.

    • Have nondiscrimination policy posted where it is visible to patients.

    • Educate staff to be comfortable dealing with the ...

REFERENCES

1
Frost DM, Lehavot K, Meyer IH. Minority stress and physical health among sexual minority individuals. J Behav Med.  2015;38(1):1–8. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
2
Boehmer U, Ozonoff A...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Ard KL, Makadon H. Addressing intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients. J Gen Intern Med.  2011;26(8):930–933. [View Abstract on OvidMedlin...

CODES

ICD10

  • E66.3 Overweight

  • Z72.0 Tobacco use

  • F10.10 Alcohol abuse, uncomplicated

  • Z72.52 High risk homosexual behavior

  • A64 Unspecified sexually transmitted disease

  • Z72.53 High risk bisexual behavior

ICD9

  • 278...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Create a safe health care environment for all patients.

  • Use gender-neutral language.

  • Do not assume heterosexuality or sexual practices.

  • Take a detailed history and avoid assumptions.

  • Be aw...

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