Healthcare and sexual health

If you have a problem, it is advisable to do something about it. Thinking about it all on your own will rarely help solve it. You can talk about it with people who are close to you. But there are also caregivers who can help you ifzorgverlening you have a sexual problem. Regardless of whether it has anything to do with your HIV, you can talk about it with your family doctor, with your HIV nurse or with your HIV doctor. They might be able to offer you support themselves, but they might also decide to refer you to a sexologist or a psychologist. It could be a good idea to choose a caregiver who is familiar with HIV. You can ask your HIV nurse if he or she can recommend someone. You can also contact the Servicepunt of the Hiv Vereniging (servicepunt@hivnet.org - 020 - 689 25 77 on mon, thu, thurs - 14.00 22.00 hrs.) for advice.

 

Two kinds of sexologists
There are two kinds of sexologists: doctors who are specialised in sexuality and psychologists who are specialised in sexuality. Sexologists who are also doctors will be a bit more familiar with the physical aspects and can prescribe medications if necessary (for example erection pills). Sexologists who are psychologists will be a bit more familiar with the psychological aspects but cannot prescribe medications.

Outside the regular healthcare system
Besides regular caregivers who can help you with your sexual problems, there are also caregivers who work outside of the regular healthcare profession, for example sex coaches. A sex coach will not have had any medical training.

Clear language!
Perhaps you feel ashamed or uncomfortable talking about your sexuality. While a sexologist does ‘nothing but’ talk about sex, you might find that other kinds of caregivers will be less comfortable talking about sex. If that is the case, the consultation might remain too vague and not very concrete. If you want to work on your sexual problem, it is obviously important to be very clear about exactly what is going on: What is your problem? What is your experience? What do you feel and what do you think?

What does a caregiver do?
A caregiver will make a diagnosis, investigate any connections with other physical or psychological conditions, provide information, and can recommend the use of certain medications and give homework assignments. In this article you can read more about what a caregiver does and about which of the related costs your health insurance will cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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