The gynecologist from Murcia who diagnosed a patient’s homosexuality as a disease rectifies the medical history

“We have just left the Reina Sofía Hospital with the rectified report and they have asked us a thousand apologies,” says Santi, Alba’s 19-year-old mother who had been diagnosed by a gynecologist as a current illness of her homosexuality and had registered it in her clinical history, as reported this Wednesday Galactyco, the LGTBI collective of Cartagena. The Murcian Ministry of Health has previously apologized, attributing the diagnosis to an “error”. “Both the medical director and the director have apologized, they have offered me the possibility that the gynecologist himself also speak with my daughter and that he give her his explanations,” he tells Region of Murcia, Santi, who has come this morning (for Thursday) to the hospital in the Murcian capital. “We will look for a space to be able to go with Alba, because she is at the university in the mornings; but they have insisted a lot that it has been a very big mistake, but a mistake”.

Santi, who is also a healthcare provider, has demanded that the Reina Sofía management team “read the reports before they are delivered to the patient, that they be reviewed, because my daughter is very strong and this matter has not damaged her emotionally, but it does it can be a catastrophe for other more vulnerable people. ”

Alba, who came for a proiomenorrhea (a disorder of the menstrual cycle that shortens the intervals between menstruations), had difficulties to be diagnosed and left the consultation crying. “He asked him if he could put that he was homosexual in the report,” says Santi, a request that surprised his daughter and which she agreed to because she believed at the time that it was relevant information, because the doctor had had difficulties in the time to insert the ultrasound into your vagina.

“These attitudes must be eradicated”

The victim tells this medium that reading that her homosexuality was considered a disease in the medical report was “unexpected.” “At first I laughed at it, but it’s not like that at all,” lamented the young woman, who despite the fact that she did not take it badly, considers that another person could consider it an insult. After reading the medical report that same day, he spoke with his mother and his relatives to decide whether or not they would report the situation. It was at that moment that they decided to speak with Galactyco, “There cannot be such doctors, these attitudes must be eradicated.”

From Galactyco they sent letters to the Ministry and the SMS demanding immediate rectification and apology to the patient, as well as the application of Law 8/2016 of May 27, on social equality of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgender and intersex, which in health matters, commits the Government of Murcia to guarantee respectful treatment of LGTBI people and that health professionals have adequate training and information on homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality and intersexuality.

“It was in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses, and yet 31 years later, in the Murcian Health System some professionals continue to assume sexual orientation as a disease,” they denounce from the LGTBI collective. Galactyco assures that there are already “numerous cases of humiliating treatment that come to our association due to sexual or gender orientation, and we consider alarming, unacceptable and intolerable that as of today the professionals on whom an adequate treatment of our health depends ignore the realities of LGTBI people “.

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