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Sexual health

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1470 (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1470

Is an important part of people's lives and doctors need to understand its variety

  1. Michael W Adler, Professor of sexually transmitted diseases
  1. Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London WC1E 6AU

    ABC p 1509

    The political events of the past few weeks, when three British cabinet ministers were either forced to admit their homosexuality or had it exposed by others, illustrates how difficult individuals, the press, and society find it to deal with sexual matters and sexual identity. Like any other members of the public, doctors will at times grapple with their own sexual orientation and problems and have varying views and value systems about sexual matters and morality. But they also have a responsibility to be well informed about sexual health so that they can educate and help patients at the same time as adopting a neutral and non-censorious position. It …

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