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Medical prejudice affects health of Cuban lesbians

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“There are lesbian women who fear going to the doctor and spend years and years without attending. Doctors say awful things when they see that you don’t meet the classic image of a woman painted and wearing heels, and that’s hard. So, given that rejection, women don’t go to the clinic anymore, ” Isbrailda Ruiz Bell tells SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell is an activist and member of the group of lesbian and bisexual women Las Isabelas, in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 762 km from the capital. According to her experience, stereotypes and prejudices can be found in different medical consultations, but in some there is more abuse.

“The gynecology consultation is a service where lesbian woman are subjected to more abuse. For example, they should ask for consent for students to attend the physical exam, but that does not happen, ”says Ruiz Bell.

Among the main problems are the low perception of risk of sexually transmitted infections, poor self-care and prevention of cervical and breast cancer, as well as depression and anxiety caused by lesbophobic discrimination.

“There are women who have been diagnosed with diseases at very advanced stages because of their fear of being rejected in a medical institution, I tell you from local experience and also because we have seen it in the workshops organized by Las Isabelas,” recalls Ruiz Bell.

The study confirms what the testimonies say: “The vast majority of women express having received a differentiated attention, nuanced by prejudices and stereotypes, attitudes expressed in gestures and a rigid body language, unfriendly and lacking sympathy, which becomes in an obstacle that limits their attendance to specialized health consultations”, the authors subscribe.
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“Hay mujeres lesbianas que temen ir al médico y pasan años y años sin atenderse. Los médicos te dicen cosas feas cuando ven que no repites el prototipo clásico de mujer pintada y con tacones, y eso es duro. Entonces, ante ese rechazo, la persona no va más a la consulta”, dice Isbrailda Ruiz Bell a SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell es activista e integrante del colectivo de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales Las Isabelas, en la provincia Santiago de Cuba, a 762 km de la capital. Según su experiencia, los estereotipos y ofensas pueden encontrarse en distintas consultas médicas, pero en algunas existe mayor maltrato.

“La consulta de ginecología es un servicio donde la mujer lesbiana es más agredida. Por ejemplo, debieran pedir el consentimiento para que estudiantes asistan al examen físico, pero eso no sucede”, afirma Ruiz Bell.

Entre los principales problemas aparecen la baja percepción de riesgo ante las infecciones de transmisión sexual, el escaso autocuidado y prevención del cáncer cérvico uterino y de mama, además de depresión y ansiedad producto de la discriminación lesbofóbica.

“Hay mujeres a quienes se les han descubierto enfermedades en estadios muy avanzados por miedo a ser rechazadas en una institución médica, te lo digo por experiencias cercanas y también porque lo hemos visto en los talleres que organizan Las Isabelas”, recuerda Ruiz Bell.

El estudio confirma lo que los testimonios denuncian: “La gran mayoría de las mujeres expresa haber recibido una atención diferenciada, matizada por prejuicios y estereotipos, actitudes expresadas en gestos y un lenguaje corporal rígido, poco cordial y carente de simpatía, lo cual se convierte en un obstáculo que limita su asistencia a consultas especializadas de salud”, suscriben sus autores.
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Continuereading at: https://rotativo.com.mx/2020/01/27/mujer/cuba-mujeres-lesbianas-salud-a-costa-de-prejuicios-821686/ (Source)

‘I Was Fighting Breast Cancer as an Underinsured Woman (and lesbian), and I Couldn’t Get the Care I Needed to Live’

Once she was diagnosed, Tripplett, a real estate agent, says she and her girlfriend called medical offices endlessly, trying to find the right words to say in order to get her the help she needed. When she heard, “We don’t take your insurance,” she’d say, “I’m sure somebody else there does.” When she heard, “Your girlfriend can’t come in the room,” she’d say, “Oh, good thing she’s my best friend, so now she can come in.

Continue reading at: ‘I Was Fighting Breast Cancer as an Underinsured Woman, and I Couldn’t Get the Care I Needed to Live’ | Glamour (Source)