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Guest Blog: Dr. William Powers Offers Kink Aware Medical Care

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By Inara de Luna, Guest Blogger

Have you ever received an injury from a kink scene, but didn’t want to go to your doctor for treatment? Maybe you needed to see the doctor for some other reason, but delayed the appointment until the marks from your last session had faded…

If you’ve ever felt afraid that a medical professional might judge or shame you for your participation in BDSM or report you as a domestic abuse victim, our next KAP Directory Featured Member strongly suggests that you https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?catid=14″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>find one you can trust and be open and honest with. There are things your medical professional needs to know about your lifestyle and sexual practices in order to treat you effectively.

https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=15&sobi2Id=2469″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>Dr. William Powers, MD, works in a small practice in Detroit, MI, and is well acquainted with the Detroit House of Pain kink community. He lists himself as https://ncsfreedom.org/key-programs/kink-aware-professionals/what-does-kink-aware-mean.html” class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>Kink Knowledgeable in the KAP Directory, which means he has treated multiple kinky individuals and “is very experienced in kink concepts and lifestyle.”

Dr. Powers is our latest Featured Member and we asked him some questions to learn more about him and his practice.

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NCSF: What made you register on the Kink Aware Professionals Directory?

Dr. William Powers (WP): I started my practice approximately three months ago. I joined an already accepting practice that focuses on HIV and LGBT persons. I wanted to expand this welcoming environment.

I recently attended an event in Detroit known as Theatre Bizarre where some of the local kink community put on performances. Many of these are suspension play or other injurious/high risk sorts of play designed to create “shock and awe” effectively in the vanilla crowd.

I asked some of these people where they go for medical care. Many told me they don’t feel comfortable going in to many doctors as they are assumed to be in a state of abuse or shamed for their kink practices. I wanted to put a stop to this, and so registering on KAP was a step in that direction.

I welcome everyone here. Just because your thing isn’t my thing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be treated like a fellow human being who needs medical care.

NCSF: What alternative communities are welcome in your practice?

WP: I cater specifically to transgender patients as this is sort of my subspecialty. I have about 500 in my practice. I prescribe hormones and provide comprehensive care (transgender people get colds, too!).

The rest of our practice is LGBT focused, and we treat HIV here without requiring patients to go to specialists as we handle this totally in house.

I also openly welcome members of the polyamory and other non-monogamy communities.

I don’t think I have any furries, but I’d welcome them, too!

I really don’t care what my patients do in their private lives as long as they are honest with me. My job isn’t to judge people, its to be a doctor and to mitigate harm.

NCSF: Can you talk a bit about the most common services you offer these communities?

WP: I do a lot of pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, as well as HIV treatment. I also prescribe transgender hormones, as well as comprehensive sexual wellness and testing. All patients are addressed as their preferred name and gender pronoun.

In regards to BDSM practitioners, they are welcomed for care for any playassociated injuries, or for just general medical care without having to feel ashamed of who they are.

NCSF: Why do you think it’s important for members of alternative communities to have a health or wellness professional who is knowledgeable about their lifestyle?

It’s overwhelmingly important that these people have an honest and open relationship with their doctor.

Beyond this, their doctor has to be well educated about these sort of practices so that they can understand exactly what is happening and therefore make determinations of the patient’s risks or potential health hazards from these behaviors. If a patient has a latex allergy and comes in with a rash, knowing they are a ” ‘looner ” is pretty important. This is a pretty benign example, but taken further you can see why it’s critical to understand why I need to know terminology and practices.

NCSF: What’s the most important thing kinky people or those in alternative relationships should know or do in regards to their health or wellness in general?

WP: Know their own health status, know their STD status (HIV, hepatitis, etc), get vaccinated (hepatitis B, HPV, etc), and have a frank and honest discussion with https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?catid=14″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>a doctor who is an ally.

It’s not your job to know every possible disease or risk factor. That’s my job! As long as people are honest with me, though, I can do what needs to be done to reduce their risks.

NCSF: What issues specific to any of these populations have you treated?

WP: I treat HIV, prescribe pre and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. I also treat kinkassociated injuries, STDs, or just general issues that crop up related to these issues. I do have a few commercial sex workers in my practice, as well.

NCSF: Is there anything else you’d like to say to any of these communities?

WP: It’s pretty unlikely, if you’re reading this, that I’m in your geographic region and close enough for you to come see me. That being said, you really need to have a provider with whom you’re 100% honest and who is equipped and comfortable treating you after said honesty. If you don’t, I strongly urge you to look elsewhere and https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?catid=14″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>find one!

On the regular I have young gay and bisexual men at my office who transfer into my care who haven’t been vaccinated for hepatitis B. That’s an incurable disease with a CDC recommendation for that group that simply isn’t done. I check an antibody titer on everyone in that group at my first visit with them. If your provider isn’t aware of your lifestyle or sexual habits, you could be endangering your health and not even know it.

I’m a pretty boring guy. I’m the president of a cat shelter, married with three cats, and spend my free time gaming mostly. That being said, just because your thing isn’t my thing doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best possible care I can offer. Make sure you https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?catid=14″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>find someone with that mentality or you won’t get the medical care you deserve.

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Dr. Powers can be reached in the following ways:

Address: See https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=15&sobi2Id=2469″ class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>KAP profile

Email: DrWilliamPowers (at) doctorbewell (dot) com

Phone: (248) 544-9300

Website: http://www.doctorbewell.com” class=”mceItemAnchor” style=”cursor:pointer;user-select:all;-webkit-user-modify:read-only;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;background:url(‘../img/anchor.gif’) center center no-repeat;border:1px dashed rgb(180, 212, 255);font-size:0px;line-height:0;word-spacing:normal;text-indent:-9999px;width:15px !important;height:15px !important”>http://www.doctorbewell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrWillPowers/

If you’re not local to Dr. Powers (Detroit, MI), please consult the KAP Directory to find a kink-aware doctor near you.

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If you’d like to participate in our KAP Featured Member interview series, please contact the author at inaradeluna (at) gmail (dot) com.

Inara de Luna is a sex and relationship expert, a consent activist, and a professional writer and editor in these fields. She founded the Sex Positive Loving Facebook page and the Council for Consensual Intimacy Facebook page. Please visit and like both of those pages for more information on those topics and to join the national conversation about sex positivity and consent culture.