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Health Self Advocacy
Be your own advocate
Everyone has the right to good health
Regardless of your background, knowing how to be a self-advocate is essential. Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up for yourself and the things that are important to you. Self-advocacy means you are able to ask for what you need and want and tell people about your thoughts and feelings.
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Learn how to speak for yourself in a medical setting
Important Questions to ask your Doctor for Self-Advocacy
  • What healthcare screening is appropriate for me?
  • Am I due for any vaccinations?
  • When do I need a pap smear?
  • When do I need a mammogram?
  • Should I be doing a self-breast exam?
  • Is my blood pressure good? What is a normal blood pressure?
  • What sexually transmitted infections should I be checked for?
  • What can I do to protect myself from sexually transmitted infections?
  • Can you tell me more about PreP, which I heard protects you from HIV?
  • If I am at high risk for HIV, can you tell me more about PeP and how PeP can help if I am exposed to HIV?

If you have a medical condition, consider asking:

  • Please tell me more about my medical issue?
  • What treatment options are available?
  • What treatment options would you recommend and why?

If you are on medications, consider asking:

  • What side affects should I be looking for?
  • How should I take this medication?
  • How long will I need to take the medication for?

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