When taboos were more important than health. When a prejudice makes us forget about health access. When privacy is more important than a human right. When your diagnosis isn't impregnated with gender. ¿Shall we follow the tail?
As future health providers, it is esential for us a minimal training about gender, risky practices, methods of contraception, LGBT population… and yet it will not be enough. We'll see all these things day by day in our future clinical work. In every speciality. As students and future doctors, we are not learning everything in the books. We don't forget the most important social problems. We can not let a profession like ours, a 'giving' profession, become a list of bibliography. We are talking… about Reproductive Health, Sexuality and AIDS, SCORSA.
Gender, role, feminization of poverty, patriarcado nos lo comemos, that woman who came to hospital because of several traumas just because "she deserves them for being a woman". These are just a few of the thousands of reasons we are fighting for… our purpose to train doctors in gender. It is not just a matter of women. It is not just physical pain. Can you see it? Don't try to find it in your 'school' notes, you won't find it there. Let´s work together to open our pals' eyes, to beat unequalities (money, social status…). Because a woman in a white coat can be a doctor too, not just a nurse. Lets fight for episiotomy to be a synonym of giving birth.
Prevention, holy Word. We don't know you to hear it, but to take it into account and take it into action. Becuase a STD ( Sexual transmision disease) isn't a second or third category illness. It isn't humiliating. It doesn't attempt against our honour.
We are not only concerned about 33 M of VIH positive pacients, but also the 20% who don't have access to medication. First cause of death in Africa. Don´t close your eyes, it may also get close to you. HIV is not just a gay and drug addicts illness. Everyone can get in touch with our friend HIV and its transcriptase inverse. Prevention, treatment and Health for everyone. Important, isn't it?
Becase all of us are equal. We all have the same rights. Let´s forget about our sexual orientation. Let´s just do it. Because doesn´t matter if someone is gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, transgender. People. This is what we all are. Fight against the homofobic. You decide about your reproductive life, the time and the way you want to live it. This doesn´t need a treatment. Let´s work for a multidisciplinary medical team for the transgender. Because they are not just a huge amount of hormones. Harry Benjamin is an American politician, isn´t he? I´m just asking…
AIDS, Gender violence, contraception… these are just a few of the workshops we do every year. Peer education, lectures in high schools, protocols in the primary care of gender violence. Informative talks to prostitutes. Feminization of the poverty, reproductive rights, male transexuality.
Marta Jiménez Carrillo