A woman in North Carolina found the word “lesbianism” listed as a medical problem in her patient notes.
Kristina Rodriguez said that after she had blood work done by her medical service provider, Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System, she saw “lesbianism” listed under medical problems on her medical history record.
“This listed as a medical problem could really set someone back, could mess with their self-esteem and could make them think something is wrong with them,” Rodriguez said. “I hope to bring change to where stuff like that is not disclosed on your medical record, because that’s personal information.”
There are legitimate reasons to list lesbianism on a patient’s charts. Doctors like to keep track of lifestyle details, like sexuality, marital status, living situation and so on, in order better understand a patient’s unique medical needs. However, lesbianism absolutely should not be placed under the heading “Problems.”