Wednesday, October 2, 2013

For those who are concerned about privacy ...

I recently wrote a blog for Generation Opportunity espousing why Obamacare is creepy. One of my points was based on a New York Post article from Sept. 15 about some of the extremely personal and invasive questions that will be asked about out sex lives at every doctor we visit.
Questions about how many, and what gender, our sexual partners can become part of every doctor’s visit “no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help.”  Creepy.
This morning, when I was checking my email, I had received one from a lady who had come across my blog after she had an odd experience after seeking some medical help for a health concern.  She started with background:
As a quick background, I am a married woman who is old enough to be your mother.  Recently, I had reason to seek several opinions for a medical concern.  I've had yearly gynecological exam for decades and of course know that personal questions about sexual activity are necessary.  However, I have never been asked the question that every doctor I saw in the past 2-3 months has asked.  The question is:  How many lifetime sexual partners have you had?
When my jaw dropped and I managed to utter, "What?"  the reply was even more astounding: We don't need names but just a number.   (I should also mention that I was not asked if my sexual activity involved men or women.)
If you think the NSA is bad, that's nothing compared to this crap. She continued to tell me that since her experiences, she began to research online and found a variety of different explanations -- some were saying it's just needed to have a complete full health history, to which she pointed out "in well over 25 years of exams, the question has never been asked" while others say this is a direct result of Obamacare legislation.

She then challenged me to find the truth -- what's actually happening.  Why these questions are necessary suddenly.  GNs obviously have to ask sexual history, but it's usually for the past year. Why the number of sexual partners of an older married woman is relevant, I'm no exactly sure ... but I digress.

I accept her challenge, and will be looking for what's actually happening. If you've been asked weird questions like this suddenly, please, email me and let me know. As she pointed out, "one woman is being asked how many people she's slept with."  And, she closed with some advice, " I refused to answer and would encourage others to do the same.  However, the response to my refusal was indignation, as if I owed the doctor a number."


For anyone concerned about your privacy, do yourself a favor and Opt Out of Obamacare.


  1. Yikes. I wonder if this will affect children, too? I mean, they already ask them personal questions when they go in for a simple exam. Growing up, they always tried to separate me from my mom to see if I were being abused but my mom refused to leave the room. I wonder if they'll start forcing a separation at some point...or asking more invasive questions.

    1. That's another really good point, Sarah. If you hear anything about this, let me know!

      When that HPV vaccine came out, I was in college so I was able to make my own decisions. The doctors were always trying to pressure me to get it, even though I didn't want it since it's a vaccination for an STD which I felt I didn't need. Sigh.