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Your doctor and dentist

A friendly, understanding, doctor (GP) or dentist can be hard to find, but they are vital parts of maintaining our health. Of course, when we're younger we like to think of ourselves as invincible but finding one urgently can be hard if you're not registered.

Even in the 21st century, responses from GPs and dentists that you are gay can be positive and negative, but less negative these days. You may wish to consider telling them about your sexuality once you feel you can trust them, though, in the meantime, this may affect the treatment you receive.

If you're looking to register with a GP, consider phoning up anonymously first to ask whether they are ‘gay-friendly’ and gauge what they have to say. You will most likely get the "all the doctors are professional" response but go with your gut feeling and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will most likely speak to a receptionist but if would like someone more senior you can ask to speak to the practice manager.

Disclosing your sexuality to your GP or dentist may mean that it is recorded on your medical notes. Medical records can be accessed by a range of organisations including life insurers, which can raise the whole question of HIV and testing.

However, bottom line, we do recommend that you do at least register with a GP ... never know when you might need one!

Find a GP | NHS Choices
Find a Dentist | NHS Choices
Telling your GP and dentist you have HIV | GMFA

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