Experts say the lack of LGBTQ-inclusive care is caused by a variety of factors, but the need to improve the system is vital in preventing potential detrimental outcomes for people in this community.
“Are you sexually active?” a doctor asks. "Yes," a female patient responds.
“Do you take birth control?” they ask. “No,” she answers.
“Do you use condoms?” “No...”
"Are you trying to have a baby?" "No."
“So then how are you preventing pregnancy?” “...I’m gay.”
This is the premise of dozens of TikTok videos discussing the awkwardness that comes from doctors appointments when patients' sexuality is assumed.
User @haleyfaulkner posted a version of this interaction, garnering more than 900,000 likes and 6.3 million views, along with many echoing her experience in comments.