Rectal Exams and Homosexuals
September 27th, 2007 * Comments(11)
Rectal Exam Model Today we learned how to perform a rectal exam on a rubbery plastic dummy (no, he was not stupid, just inanimate.) Talk about FUN! And no, I’m not kidding. I really enjoyed learning how to perform the exam properly. And I think it’s great that they provide dummies for us to practice on (so we don’t have to completely terrorize real people).
One of our lecturers said something that sort of bothered me, though. He said that when performing a rectal exam, it’s important to ask if the patient is homosexual. He mentioned that being homosexual could explain rectal tears or bleeding. However, I think a more appropriate question would be “do you engage in anal sex?” And this question should be asked to both males and females, heterosexuals and homosexuals. There are certainly homosexual men who do not engage in anal sex, plenty of heterosexual women who do, and every combination in between. Of course, asking about a patient’s sexual preference is quite relevant, but when talking about the rectal exam in particular, I think asking about anal sex, or even anal penetration is more appropriate and would provide a better history.
That’s my 5 cents worth for today. Not that ya asked.