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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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A woman's past sexual history bears no relevance on whether or not they have been a victim of rape.
Appeal judges controversially allowed evidence from two men giving details of the woman's sexual history, which it was argued backed up Evans' insistence that the sex was consensual.
21) The drafters of Rule 412 of the Federal Rules of Evidence recognized the minimal probative value and prejudicial nature of sexual history evidence.
Another's sexual history is quite telling: "history of unmoral conduct since early life, sex interest quite pronounced.
You need to do appropriate sexual history, identify sites of exposure, and then, depending on those sites, do appropriate testing," she said.
The fine print, where the names of actors and producers would normally appear, resounds instead with pithy phrases like YOUR SEXUAL HISTORY and OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.
In another, a medical student neglects to take a sexual history with an elderly patient.
One of the terms of the probation required him to participate in a sex treatment program, which in turn required him to provide a complete sexual history autobiography.
For instance, while more than three in 10 respondents believe that the state should invest in sex education to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases, a similar percentage admit that they have had unprotected sex without knowing a partner's sexual history.
Devlin, editor of the newly published second volume of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams (New Directions): When the playwright and the sex doctor met a few months later, Williams "declined to give his own sexual history.
Potential barriers to preventive care by lesbians include healthcare providers' lack of knowledge about disease risk and indications for screening; providers' failure to obtain a complete sexual history from lesbians when relevant, or to do so in a sensitive, nonjudgmental manner; patients' lack of economic resources (due to lack of insurance in the absence of domestic partner benefits, unwillingness to disclose sexual orientation to obtain such benefits when they are offered, or lower earnings in households without at least one man); and lesbians' perception of low risk for STI acquisition from female partners and of cervical dysplasia.