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Donald Allan @RegBarclay2017
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So today I had my first visit with my new Doctor. Today I went to Planned Parenthood. This was my first #PP experience as well as my first thread. I have always been a donor and supporter of PP but never a patient, until today.
Under normal circumstances you won't find me discussing my personal life on social media, but I feel it's important for some people to hear this, particularly for those who are ignorant about what @PPFA is and what they do.
I am a Cis man. I feel like I need to start there, especially for those who assume that planned parenthood just performs abortions all day and serves no other purpose. Needless to say that was not the reason for my visit nor the tens of thousands of others who visited PP today.
I am a Bisexual Cis man. This is a recent discovery of myself. I have always identified as a gay man my entire life, but over the last few years I've learned that wasn't the case. Part of this discovery occurred when I met my spouse.
My partner is Trans. They were assigned male at birth but they consider themselves gender flux/fluid. Never really fitting very well into either category, something that is usually complicated to explain to a healthcare provider. Not at #PP
Filling out my new medical forms is usually a basic and binary process. Check one box or the other for everything. Not the case with #PP. Today I was able to fill out my new patient records with a level of honesty I have never had the opportunity to convey before.
I was able to describe my family and our dynamics with a lot more clarity. From gender and sexuality, to past medical history, this was a new experience for me. Which leads me to the next part. 👇🏼
What's this dude doing at #PlannedParenthood ? This is where I have to get more personal than I'm usually comfortable with, but here goes. I am in an open and very sex positive marriage. We are non-traditional in how we view sex; not uncommon in queer relationships.
Bisexual's have more fun. I believe It's true, tho I'm rather boring actually. However, it's nice to know when I want to experience someone or something new I have the option. This brings me to my visit.
Because I can have multiple sex partners, (men & women) at any given time I try to keep myself and everyone as safe as possible. I use condoms but I'm also on a medication regimen of emtricitabine and disoproxil fumarate commonly known as PrEP.
For those who don't know, PrEP or (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a once a day pill you take to prevent hiv. Yup, there is such a drug and it's 99 % effective. It's ok if you never heard of this drug before because chances are good your doctor is unaware too.
Coming from North Carolina, I can tell you many doctors don't know and don't want to know about PrEP. This is partly political but mostly willful predjudice. Coming to Washington State made this process easier. Planned Parenthood made it pleasant.
My doctor today was not only knowledgeable about PrEP, but also about me. This comes back to my new patient information and how comprehensive it is. Everyone at #PP I met today made this visit comfortable and nonjudgmental.
"Top or bottom?" I received a comprehensive exam including a full STD panel based on my sexual history. I was asked questions about my sexual habits, positions, frequency of partners, things I've never been asked before and I've been in this medication a long time.
"See you in three months" I really felt like I needed to share my experience at Planned Parenthood with you. I know for most of you this doesn't seem all that impressive, but those who are queer and from a non-traditional families, I know you understand.
Some will take issue with this thread and that's ok. I didn't write it so you would respect or validate me or my family, I'm writing it because Planned Parenthood does and for that I'm grateful.
*some edits because i don't proofread hard enough.

'considers themselves' was the wrong word choice. My partner identifies as Trans.

STD is really not the appropriate term and I blame my phone. It's STI. People are not diseased.

Thank you.
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