North Carolina woman shocked by a discovery she made on her medical history.
An North Carolina health care system said it is investigating after a patient who was having blood work carried out found ‘lesbianism’ listed under medical problems on her record.
When Kristina Rodriguez lodged a complaint, she was contacted by both her doctor and a director of Carolinas Healthcare System who told her that ‘lesbianism’ was listed as a medical condition to protect her from being offended.
“This listed as a medical problem could really set someone back, could mess with their self-esteem and could make them think something is wrong with them,” Rodriguez told WSOC-TV.
“It’s 2017. It’s very normal for people to have a same-sex partner.”
Carolinas HealthCare System released a statement to the news outlet and said “it is not an appropriate clinical diagnosis, and we are actively investigating how this information was included. Carolinas HealthCare System strongly supports diversity and inclusion in all its interactions with patients, the public and our teammates, including creating an affirming environment for LGBT patients and their families.”
Rodriguez doesn’t want anyone else to have to see their sexuality listed as a condition, and said that her doctor offered to remove ‘lesbianism’ as a medical problem and move her sexuality to the notes section.