Belgium’s list of gay-friendly doctorsby Paola Battista - 2015.01.14
'A very, very good doctor needed!' This is the slogan of a provocative campaign launched by the Belgian association Ex Aequo. Its purpose is to draw up and circulate a list of the country's gay-friendly doctors. 'Je cherche un Très Très Bon Médecin' is aimed at two groups. Homosexual patients will be able to access the list online, as well as more detailed medical advice on protected sex and reviews, positive and negative, from people who have asserted their right to obtain an accurate diagnosis without discrimination. The other group is healthcare professionals, who are invited to reflect on the importance of sexuality and of their role in preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as looking after the psychological well-being of LGBT patients. Doctors will be offered advice on how to communicate openly and respectfully with their patients, as well as specific clinical reflections for generalists, such as dermatologists, etc. Doctors will also be able to get a symbolic certificate, showing their commitment to helping patients by applying their skills within the universal right to health.
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