Saturday, February 19, 2011

Teenage patients are answering medical questions on Yahoo! Answers

by Lorelei Armstrong

Doctors debate whether patients Googling symptoms is a good thing or a bad thing. I bet you haven’t thought about something that might be worse:  your teenage patients are answering one another’s medical questions on Yahoo! Answers.

They’re not always clear on anatomy and terminology:  “How can I tell if I’m circumcised?” and “What’s the best way to shave my vagina?” and “Where is the female prostate located?”

They are sexually active and not well informed: “If my boyfriend and I put the condom on after we start, can I still get an STD?” and “I had the HPV shot, am I protected from other STDs and AIDS?” and “I’m 12, should I take Viagra for my penis?”

They are worried that they are too tall, too short, too heavy, too thin, that their parts are the wrong shape or size. They believe every fad diet in the world. “Is anorexia a good diet?” and “Is it healthy to drink 16.9 fluid ounces of water per day?”


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