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Case #38

How Much Money Is Being Wasted On Unnecessary Testing For Queer Folx?

I recently went to get my pap smear and the doctor asked if I wanted to do an STI test while I was there. I said yes as I had a new partner and she proceeded to ask me for a urine sample.

It didn't really occur to me what the sample was for, but after taking it from me she tested it and said "well, you're not pregnant!"...considering I have never had sex with a man before I could have told her that!

This isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it just made me wonder how much time and money is wasted on unnecessary testing of queer people because health professionals aren't asking the right questions.

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