Healthcare providers react more positively to men than women who reveal they're gay

vider was "completely comfortable" with their disclosure, but 11 per cent of women and six per cent of men said they were "somewhat uncomfortable". 11 per cent of women and eight per cent of men said their provider ignored the disclosure.
  • Healthcare professionals seemed to respond better to disclosures by older patients, with 85 per cent of people over 40 and 78 per cent of people under 40 saying that their healthcare provider was "completely comfortable" with their disclosure.
  • 43 per cent of men said that they felt their healthcare provider's attitude to their disclosure influenced the care they received in a positive way, compared with 28 per cent of women. Five per cent of women - twice as many as men - felt it had a negative effect.
  • Older people were also more positive. 38 per cent of those over 40 and 33 per cent of those under 40 reported a positive effect. Five per cent of people under 40 twice as many as in the over 40 age bracket reported a negative effect.
  • 33 per cent of women and 61 per cent of men under 40 reported having more than one partner in the 12 months before the survey, compared with 10 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men over 40
  • 24 per cent of men over 40 reported having more than 10 partners during that period, but none of the women said that they did.
  • The study forms part of the "Lavender Island" project - the first major study to be undertaken in New Zealand about access to health care by lesbian, gay and bisexual people and the attitudes of the people who care for them.

    Participants were surveyed in 2004 having been recruited through mainstream and lesbian, gay and bisexual media and venues. 84 per cent responded via a website and 16 per cent completed a freepost copy of the questionnaire, which was developed with input from a community advisory group of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

    55 per cent of the respondents were male and th

    Contact: Annette Whibley
    Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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