“Patients should not be afraid to openly discuss medical issues with their physicians because they are concerned about being dismissed form the military,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO Michael Maves said in the letter. “Likewise, physicians should not be reluctant or hesitant to ask their patients questions about sexual health or sexual history out of concern that they could be putting their patients’ jobs in jeopardy.”
The letter follows a 2009 recommendation by the AMA’s House of Delegates that urges the association to advocate for the repeal of the 1994 law.
More than 13,500 service members have been fired under the law, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Legislation has been introduced in the both the House and Senate that would effectively scrap the law.