Professional Reference articles are designed for health professionals to use. You may find one of our health articles more useful. Many healthcare professionals feel concerned about their ability to take an appropriate sexual history, however skilled and confident they may be at taking a standard history. In part, this is a reflection of educational practices - sexual history taking has tended to be taught separately - but also is testimony to the social embarrassment and difficulties we experience talking about sex in general. Healthcare professionals may feel comfortable taking a sexual history when they perceive the presenting complaint as directly relating to a sexual problem; however, use of sexual history taking in a more proactive way, as part of routine and preventative healthcare, may be more difficult.
Taking a Sexual History
Taking a Sexual History | History Taking | Geeky Medics
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Taking Sexual History in Primary Care Settings: Where to Start?
CASE - The evaluating student should read the following case and role-play for their peer. Dear Student: The following exercise is meant to be done as a role-play. One student should read the case and role-play the patient. A third student, or the "patient", should complete the checklist during the interview to track their peer's progress.
Many doctors are concerned about their ability to take an appropriate history from a patient with a sexual problem. The main difference from an ordinary medical history is that the patient and often the doctor is commonly embarrassed and uncomfortable. Patients may feel ashamed or even humiliated at having to ask for help with a sexual problem that they think is private and that they should be able to cope with themselves. This is particularly so with men, especially young men, who have to admit to erectile dysfunction and therefore, as they see it, the loss of their masculinity. Some hospital doctors get over this initial difficulty by giving patients a preconsultation questionnaire.