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[Probably NSFW] What does it mean when the doctor asks if you're sexually active?

Asked by jordym84 (4737 points ) January 23rd, 2013

I’ve always wondered whether they’re asking if you currently have a sexual partner or whether you’ve had sex before (i.e. that you’re not a virgin)?

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zenvelo's avatar

The doctor is asking for both. They just want to know what the risks are, and how to talk to you. If you are a teen-ager, they want to know if you have had sex, and if it was once or twice, or if you have it regularly.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’ve always assumed it meant are you, or have you ever, had sex.

wundayatta's avatar

I think it’s not so much whether you ever had sex, but are you engaging in sexual activities currently. Both, of course, might be relevant, so it’s best to ask the doctor what they mean. Trust me, they will ask relevant follow up questions if you say yes.

marinelife's avatar

He wants to know if you are currently having sex, but probably also whether you have had sex.

I would answer, “Yes, but not at the moment.”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

He/she wants to know if you’ve swapped bodily fluids with someone else because it opens up all kinds of possible risks.

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s a more professional way of asking, “Had any lately?”

bookish1's avatar

I’ve taken it to be an inquiry of my current activities.

zensky's avatar

Depends. Is he into you?

Rarebear's avatar

It means, “Are you sexually active?”

poisonedantidote's avatar

When they ask you again if you are sexually active, just say: No, I’m a passive sub in to water sports and balloon fetish.

SomeoneElse's avatar

I have never thought it meant, ‘Have you jumped off the top of the wardrobe whilst engaging in sexual activity?’, just that the Doc wanted to find out of I was actually having sex (relevant time and place, not in the waiting room.)

blueiiznh's avatar

Danged…..I always thought it meant “Are you having sex at that very moment”?!?!?!?!?!
Boy was I off!
Needless to say I didn’t answer “yes” very often

SomeoneElse's avatar

@blueiiznh I might be the one who had it wrong!

burntbonez's avatar

Are you now or have you ever been a communist?

Naw, that’s only if McCarthy was the doctor.

rojo's avatar

I have always thought it was meant as “within the last couple of months” and not “what did you do last year”.

Which, thinking about it, would actually be correct for both at this time of the year. Maybe I should rethink.

Shippy's avatar

Maybe he wants to give you some?

Might charge extra on the overall bill though!

On a more serious note, it helps him understand a whole lot of things. Like STD’s, and other issues. Also I am told if you don’t use it you lose it. I was once told off for by a Gynecologist and a Doctor for being celibate for a long period.

Can you ever!!

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