Sexual orientation and sexual health care needs: a comparison of women beneficiaries in outpatient military health care settings.


Journal Article

The objectives of this study are to compare the sexual concerns, interest and experiences in discussing these concerns with their doctor for women of "Only Men" and "Some to Only Women" sexual orientation. A survey was mailed to women patients from two military outpatient settings, with 1,196 women responding. Of eligible respondents (N = 1,170), 90% reported "Only Men" and 10% reported "Some to Only Women" sexual orientation. Sexual concerns varied by sexual orientation, while interest and experience in discussing sexual concerns and desire for physicians to initiate the topic differed minimally. Women with "Some to Only Women" sexual orientation have both similar and differing sexual concerns compared to "male-only" oriented women. Larger primary care patient-based studies of sexual health care needs of sexual minorities are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nusbaum, MRH; Frasier, PY; Rojas, F; Trotter, K; Tudor, G

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 259 - 276

PubMed ID

  • 18825863

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18825863

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-3602

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-8369

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00918360801982165


  • eng