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Do Ask, Do Tell: Assessing Sexual Health of LGBT Veterans (and Everyone Else)

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The purpose of this program is to address the knowledge gap of providers on the importance of taking a history of sexual health and to improve skills and foster comfort with doing so, especially with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. The program will present clinical and public health data about sexual health and will discuss common obstacles to obtaining assessing sexual health as well as offer examples of approaches to incorporate sexual health history taking into routine practice. This program will demonstrate how to present the need for sexual health information and how to collect this information among the VA patient population. Presenters Include: Michael Kauth, PhD, Patient Care Services, VACO; MIRECC at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; Deanna Rolstead, MD, Phoenix VA Health Care System; James Halloran, MSN, RN, CNS, VHA Office of Public Health; Jonathan Bechard, MD, VA Montana Healthcare System; Jolienne Walters-Harvey, APRN, VAMC Northport; John Blosnich, PhD, Pittsburgh VAMC.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

  • To explain the importance of obtaining a history of sexual health in planning and delivery of care, including for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans.
  • To identify common barriers to obtaining sexual health history and strategies to overcome them.
  • To describe methods of obtaining a sexual health history from patients.


US Department of Veterans Affairs

Jillian Shipherd, PhD
Patient Care Services, VACO

Jonathan Bechard, MD
VA Montana Healthcare System

John Blosnich, PhD
Pittsburgh VAMC

Alexis Matza, PhD
Patient Care Services, VACO

Jennifer A. Bess, PhD
South Texas VHCS

Derek Burks, PhD
VA Portland Health Care System

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