Key Points

• Sexual orientation may be a continuous spectrum from exclusive homosexuality to exclusive heterosexuality.

• Some people who have been sexually active with members of their own gender identify themselves as heterosexual.

• Lesbians are less likely to obtain health maintenance services, such as mammography or Pap smears.

• Any intact organ in a transgendered individual should be screened according to current guidelines.

Sexual orientation is a social construct. Customs regarding which sexual acts are acceptable, with whom, and under what circumstances, have varied in different cultures and eras. In the Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, Kinsey and colleagues hypothesized sexual orientation might be a continuous spectrum, from exclusive heterosexuality through exclusive homosexuality, and might vary across the life span in different people. Researchers have attempted to measure the prevalence of homosexuality and bisexuality in populations, with varying success and controversy. Some people who have been sexually active with members of their own gender identify themselves as heterosexual. In one study, although only 2.8% of male respondents and 1.4% of female respondents self-identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, 10.9% of men and 4.3% of women ages 40 to 49 years reported having had at least one same-gender sexual experience since puberty (Laumann, 1994). Because many gay, lesbian, and bisexual patients do not share information regarding sexual orientation and past sexual behavior with their physicians, most physicians likely overestimate the number of exclusively heterosexual patients in their clinical practices.

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