Sexual Orientation in Child and Adolescent Health Care; Caring for Lesbian and Gay People: A Clinical GuideBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7437.469 (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:469
- Sabina Dosani (email@example.com), specialist registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry
- Maudsley Hospital, London
Patients' sexual orientation—none of our business, really, is it? Except that lesbian women are more likely than other women to have breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancer. Gay men and women are at higher risk of stroke, coronary artery disease, and lung cancer, and are more likely to commit suicide and to be victims of violence.
Over half of gay adolescents suffer abuse from their families when they disclose their sexual orientation. A third of gay adolescents use alcohol excessively. Gay teenagers represent 30% of all suicides among teenagers. A book to equip heterosexual doctors with the knowledge and …