A new report has shown that shockingly, a large number of Doctors in Europe still believe that being gay is a disease.
This report is the result of a survey conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which interviewed medical professionals from 19 members states. The results of this study showed that as many as 50% of European doctors still treat homosexuality as a disease.
The report from the FRA also states that in places such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, Doctors and other medical personnel spoke of “catching” homosexuality. Also, in Romania, half of the professionals interviewed viewed homosexuality as a disorder.
Sadly, they also found that many of the people interviewed were unaware of the issues that can effect those in the LGBT community.
One nurse from Romania explained that LGBT people are treated as “plague stricken”.
She went on to say: “We consider that these illnesses are generated by the fact that these people had an unhappy incident during childhood and then they try somehow to respond to this need in a different way than the other people. When [a homosexual] goes for the first time to a medical department then it is for sure that that person is regarded by employees, starting with the bodyguard and ending I don’t know where, as plague-stricken.”
Director of the FRA, Michael O’Flaherty, said that the findings of their report showed the amount of work that needs to be done in education and professional training so this type of discrimination can be counteracted.
“LGBT people have the same rights to education, to healthcare and to be treated equally as everyone else. They too have the right to live their life in dignity, free from fear and discrimination. FRA’s latest findings reveal how some doctors still wrongly believe that homosexuality is a disease. They underscore the need for the EU and its Member States to empower public officials to act on their duty to deliver high quality service to help end the suffering many LGBT people experience.”
The report also noted that transgender people also suffered due a lack of awareness in healthcare. You can read the report here.