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KINKSTERS, BISEXUALS AND POLYS NOT OUT TO DOCTORS

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If you are in a non-traditiona­l sexual relationsh­ip, and worried about disclosing this to your doctor, you’re not alone. According to a study published earlier this year, less than half of bi or pansexual women are comfortabl­e discussing their preference­s. Another study, this one conducted with people in the BDSM community of the supposedly free-wheeling city of San Francisco, found that almost twothirds did not share this informatio­n on their sexual lifestyles with doctors. That’s despite the fact that 44 percent saw a healthcare provider for a kink-related concern. According to the research, most people choose to keep their sexual practices hidden for fear of discrimina­tion, and the worry that consensual behaviour would be seen as intimate partner violence.

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