‘My Physicians Have Always Felt More Like Judges’
“It’s almost like… imagine if you were going to court.”
These are the words of Nathan Harding, an actor and writer originally from the state of Washington who now lives in New York City.
“I came out in the early 90s, and everyone –including my mom – thought that I was going to die of AIDS. When I would go to see my physician to get an HIV test or even just a physical, there was always an assumption that I was infected.”
“I’ve lived on Whidbey Island in Washington, Los Angeles, and in New York City. In all of those places, the doctors never seem to get to know me. I wish they would. See what my life is. Honestly, the only person in the medical field who has taken the time to know me and be my advocate is my therapist. I’ve never had a doctor be an advocate. I think it’s because medicine is geared towards heterosexual people. We need to know which doctors care, who will treat us like humans. We need to know who they are so we can find them and see them because right now, it’s like anyone’s guess.”