Coyote Capasso, BSN, RN is a nurse with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, and works in the STD Clinic providing testing, treatment, and education. Coyote is especially interested in working with marginalized and minority communities to increase sexual and relationship health and provide shame-free sex education. His background includes working with homeless youth and he has done extensive street outreach. He speaks at colleges, conferences, and hospitals to increase awareness of the specific health needs and barriers of transgender and gender diverse clients in an effort to reduce disparities and discrimination from medical and health care staff.
Coyote is a graduate of Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University, and received additional training as a Qualified Mental Health Specialist. He is currently a graduate student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of Cincinnati and is also enrolled in the Nursing Educator Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.
Presentation: Routine and Effective Sexual Histories: Getting Comfortable with Talking about Sex
Time: Breakout Session 2
Routine sexual histories are often omitted during patient visits due to factors such as provider discomfort, fear of making the patient uncomfortable, or erroneously believing the patient has no risk factors. All patients need to have their sexual health evaluated, regardless of gender, age, or marital status, and most patients would prefer that their provider initiate the conversation. Patients often have low education and knowledge about sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to advocate for their sexual health in relationships. This workshop will discuss and model various methods of taking a sexual history that is relaxed, comfortable for both provider and patient, and discuss possible traps of bias and stereotyping.
1. Identify ways to initiate comfortable and stigma-free sexual health discussions and sex education with patients regardless of patient’s age, gender, or background.
2. Describe three provider biases and stereotypes about sexual health that may create barriers between provider and patient.
3. Discuss ways to talk about sexual health and activity with patients that are LGBTQ.
4. Explain three reasons it is important to include sexual histories in routine care.