Out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB) is an issue medical professionals encounter in patients with increasing frequency. The SAT Project provides support for medical professionals who need help recognizing compulsive sexual behavior in their patients. It’s not uncommon to encounter issues with patients unaware that they’re actually struggling with out-of-control behavior. If you’re unclear how to approach patients with these challenges we’re available for consultation and to provide referrals.
For doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, dermatologists, urologists, and gynecologists here are signs a patient may be struggling with OCSB:
Patient comes in recurrently to be tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections. This can indicate either a) sexual desires and/or behaviors which result in hypochondriacal obsessions or anxieties, or b) sexual behaviors that result in actual risks of sexually transmitted infections.
Patient tests positive for a sexually transmitted infection but denies unsafe sexual contacts.
Patient expresses to you that they cannot stop engaging in sexual behaviors that put them at risk for sexually transmitted infections.
Patient expresses ambivalence in discussing their sexual practices.
Patient expresses that they find it hard to maintain a practice of safer sex practices.