- A woman in Spain was diagnoised with “homosexuality” after going to the gynecologist.
- Alba Aragón told the Washington Post she filed a complaint with the hospital and local department of health for “LGTBIfobia.”
- The doctor who saw Aragón apologized and said the diagnosis was a technical mistake he made while transcribing.
A woman in Murcia, Spain was given a diagnosis of “homosexuality” after going to the gynecologist to treat her irregular, painful periods.
Alba Aragón, 19, described the incident, which occurred on her first ever visit to an OB-GYN on October 4, to the Washington Post.
Aragón said she disclosed her sexuality to her doctor in case it would be helpful in ruling out what kind of sexual activity she was having as he determined the cause of her painful periods and came up with a treatment plan.
Concluding the appointment, Dr. Eugenio López gave a her a piece of paper, with a diagnosis that read: “current illness: homosexual.”
Aragón and mother immediately filed a complaint against the hospital for “LGTBIfobia,” with support from the LGBTQ rights organization GALACTYCO.
López issued a statement with his employer, Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofía, saying it was a “technical accident.” López told El Español he mistakenly filled in the wrong column of the electronic patient chart, resulting in the diagnosis.
On October 6, López and the hospital offered an apology to Aragón, and corrected her diagnosis.
“I thought it was incredible that up until this day, in the 21st century, these types of beliefs continue to exist,” Aragón told the Washington Post.
Aragón said she wanted to bring national attention to the case to ensure nobody feels that being queer is a disease when they go to the doctor. “In the end, we wanted to tell this experience and publicize it so it doesn’t happen to other people,” said.
The Murcia health department released a statement, saying it will be investigating the incident further.