I recently treated a patient with a sex-related injury: a sprained ankle incurred while involved in a new sexual position. They were not shy to talk — and laugh — about it.
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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER  •  APR 2019
How I Talk to my Patients about Sexual Health
UofTMed Alum: How I Talk to my Patients about Sexual Health
Dr. Edward Kucharski

I recently treated a patient with a sex-related injury: a sprained ankle incurred while involved in a new sexual position. They were not shy to talk — and laugh — about it. For me it reinforced how intertwined our sexuality is with our general health.

And with the advent of Viagra, hook-up apps, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV, more and more people are feeling empowered to explore and experiment. In health care, though, we are still not particularly good at talking about sex.

To be sure, it can be a tricky conversation to have. We can risk making patients feel judged or humiliated. Or we might feel uneasy about not understanding every emerging sexuality or sex identity.

But we’re doing patients a disservice if we avoid the topic. Here are some things I keep in mind when talking with patients about sex.

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Dr. Edward Kucharski, PGME ’06 ’07, is a family physician in Toronto and a lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The next issue of UofTMed magazine explores sexual health. Join the conversation by writing us your thoughts on sexual health, or by attending our June 1 UofTMed Inside the Issue panel discussion.
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