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02-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I am South African (Cape Town) and have been living with diagnosed Crohn's for about 2.5 years now, and symptoms possibly for about 4, or so, years.

I am gay, and have not "come out" to any specialist/GP, as the issue has never arisen for me. I guess I am excited to find a group who shares similar interests whilst struggling with the disease.

Not quite sure what to say at the moment. I am in my final year of studies, which involves quite a hectic workload (busy from 7am-6pm), so juggling symptoms and studies is probably a priority in my life at the moment. However, I have been lucky not to have had bad symptoms for a while now. Just the occassional bad week or so.

In what instances would people advise coming out to your local GP, other than obvious sexually-related issues? Do you folk feel more comfortable around one who knows of your sexual identity? It has crossed my mind before, but I have never felt the need (or been pressed in the situation) to come out, or bring up my sexuality.
04-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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There are a few unique health concerns for gay men like this top 10 list of things gay men should discuss with their provider: http://www.mills.edu/diversity/topte..._providers.pdf

I know for example when I came out to my doctor they ordered a hepatitis test. I only have sex in a relationship and use protection so for me it's more about just being open about myself rather than specific health concerns. It would be good for them to know the whole person to more accurately diagnose and treat illness.
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