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sexual history

in a patient record, the part of the patient's personal history concerned with sexual function and dysfunction. A sexual history is particularly important in gathering data from a patient who has a disease of the reproductive tract, who experiences sexual dysfunction, or who requests contraception, abortion, or sterilization. The extent of the history varies with the patient's age and condition and the reason for securing the history. A short sexual history is recommended as part of every complete physical examination. The therapist needs a detailed sexual history to understand the patient's complaint and to plan treatment. It may include the age at onset of sexual intercourse, the kind and frequency of sexual activity, and the satisfaction derived from it.
A critical component of a person’s mental history, which provides details about sexual attitudes, behaviour, development, orientation, conflicts or dysfunction

sexual history

Psychiatry A critical component of a person's mental history–including sexual development, orientation, sexual attitudes and behaviors, sexual conflicts or dysfunction. See Sex life, Sexual life.

sexual history

A medical history of a person's sexual practices, concerns, illnesses, partners, preventive activities, and risk factors for sexually transmitted diseases.
See also: history
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21) The drafters of Rule 412 of the Federal Rules of Evidence recognized the minimal probative value and prejudicial nature of sexual history evidence.
In fact 32 percent of the 125 female sexual history write-ups in the 1930s make some mention of promiscuous behavior.
You need to do appropriate sexual history, identify sites of exposure, and then, depending on those sites, do appropriate testing," she said.
Moreover, healthcare providers, particularly those in training, would benefit from education to enhance their skills in taking a thorough, sensitive sexual history from all patients.
They take a sexual history test to show different types of behaviour that is relevant for their treatment.
If invasion of privacy and manipulation are concerns, we should probably dispense with the sexual history, which some patients consider even more private than religion.
Their sexual history in the United States has been marked by violence and censure, just as their bodies have been perceived largely through the lens of physicality, virility, strength and sexual prowess or exploitability.
Biologists have mused that there might be something funny about the sexual history of bdelloid rotifers, one of the classes of a phylum of little stalk-like water animals crowned with a characteristic circle of hairlike cilia.
How do you feel about discussing your sexual history with a new sexual partner?
Ms Harman, who is in Newport for the Welsh Labour women's conference, was due to criticise the tactics used by lawyers in highlighting the sexual history of victims of rape and domestic abuse.
According to some accounts, each initiate into Skull and Bones is required to lie naked in a coffin, describe in detail his sexual history, and wrestle naked in a mudpile with fellow initiates.
Such records include the confidential portion of the mental illness report, abortion or sexual history and history of sexually transmitted diseases.