Bil Browning

You Got Yourself a Serious Case of the Chronic Ghey

Filed By Bil Browning | August 09, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: bad medicine, California, chronically gay, quacks

DoctorIllustration.jpgWhat would you do if you went to the doctor and got a diagnosis of having high cholesterol and being chronically queer?

A doctor in California has diagnosed a gay man with chronic "homosexual behaviour" after a routine medical examination, which she later defended was still medically classified as a "disease".
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At the suggestion of an attorney, he later returned to the office to let the doctor explain her decision.

Asked about how a person could be treated for homosexual behavior, the doctor said that it was "still up to debate" and that being gay is "still being thought of as a disease".
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Unsatisfied with his doctor's response, Mr Moore wrote a letter to the Torrance Memorial Physician Network and received a note of apology in return.

He also received his $30 (£19.30) co-pay insurance fee back.

Heidi Assigal, senior director of Torrance Health Association, Inc., wrote: "We fully appreciate your frustration and anger related to your experience and are committed to ensuring that such events are not repeated.

"We would like to unequivocally state that the Torrance Memorial Physician Network does not view homosexuality as a disease or a chronic condition and we do not endorse or approve of the use of Code 302.0 as a diagnosis for homosexuality."

Mr Moore said he does not plan to file a lawsuit against the doctor, who he asked remain anonymous to protect her reputation.


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