50 shades of care

13 Feb 2015

The film adaptation of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey is about to hit the big screen this week. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying everyone seems to be talking about kink. But what’s this got to do with medicine we hear you ask?

In a fascinating article in Quartz this week a US medical student visits a dungeon in New York to discover why doctors need to pay more attention to their kinky patients. 

At medical school, we’re trained to ask two questions. The first often is, “Are you sexually active?” And after “decades of fighting for equality around sexual orientation,” Waldura told Quartz, there is the second “revolutionary” question: “Do you have sex with men, women, or both?” She would like to see a third asked—“What would you like me to know about your sexuality so I can take the best possible care of you?” While being so open-ended that even grandma won’t be offended, it still gives kink-oriented patients an invitation to begin a dialogue.

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