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The following case is meant to allow you to think about how you ask questions and the hidden messages, whether inadvertent or deliberate, contained in what you say to your patients. This case was developed using information contained in Peterkin and Risdon[1] and Lee[2].


1. Peterkin A, Risdon C. Caring for Lesbian and Gay People: A Clinical Guide. 2003. University of Toronto Press Incorporated. Toronto, Ontario.

2. Lee R. How to talk about sex with patients who are not heterosexual. Western Journal of Medicine. 2000;172(6):401-402.

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