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Gay and Bisexual Men

male coupleGay and bisexual men have many of the same health concerns as men who are not gay or bisexual. For example, all men should maintain a healthy diet and body weight, exercise regularly, limit alcohol consumption, and avoid exposure to cigarette smoke. These actions can reduce their risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death for men in America. 

Many other recommendations for health promoting behaviors, such as wearing a seatbelt, washing hands, and getting screened for diseases regularly, apply to all men, though it is questioned whether gay and bisexual men are exposed to health promoting messages at the same rates as their peers who are not gay or bisexual.

It is important for gay and bisexual men to be aware that they are more likely to experience certain adverse health outcomes. Studies demonstrate that gay and bisexual men have higher rates of recreational drug use, HIV infection, and anal cancer than other men. 

In Wisconsin, evidence indicates that LGBT adults have more adverse health outcomes in violence/safety, alcohol use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health. For example, when compared to their non-LGBT counterparts, LGBT people are twice as likely to binge drink, 6 times as likely to be afraid for their safety, and 7 times as likely to have felt depressed in the past 30 days.

The following selection of resources is intended to increase awareness of health issues and disparities affecting gay and bisexual men. Use the left side navigation bar to learn more about any of the health concerns addressed below.

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Hyperlinks marked with the State icon icon indicate Wisconsin resources.

GENERAL RESOURCES

General health information for gay and bisexual men
Description:
General health information for gay and bisexual men, published by the CDC
Resource availability: Internet

Issue Brief: Native Gay Men and Two Spirit People
Description: Recommendations developed by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors for state and local health departments to effectively collaborate in addressing HIV- and STD-related risks for Tribal communities, Native agencies and Native gay men and Two Spirit people to.
Resource availability: Internet

Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss with Their Healthcare Provider
Description:
Guidelines for communication published by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association 
Resource availability:
Internet 

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ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Alcohol addiction
Description:
Symptoms of alcohol addiction and statistics about alcohol use among LGBT people published by the Pride Institute 
Resource availability:
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Internet

Drug abuse
Description:
Symptoms of drug abuse and statistics about drug use among LGBT people published by the Pride Institute 
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Pride Institute
Description:
LGBT drug and alcohol addiction treatment center
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

CANCER

Anal cancer
Description:
Information symptoms and diagnosis of anal cancer among men who have sex with men, including an overview; published by healthcommunities.com 
Resource availability: Internet 

Cancer facts for gay and bisexual men
Description:
Information on risk, prevention, and detection of lung, skin, prostate, colon, anal, and testicular cancers among gay and bisexual men; published by the American Cancer Society 
Resource availability:
Internet 

National LGBT Cancer Network
Description:
Information on population specific cancer risks, optional electronic screening reminder
Resource availability: Internet

National LGBT Cancer Project
Description: National nonprofit LGBT organization providing cancer survivor support and advocacy services.
Resource availability: Internet

Out With Cancer
Description:
Cancer information and social network for LGBT persons diagnosed with cancer.
Resource availability: Internet 

HIV/AIDS

AIDS NetworkState icon
Description:
Legal, life care, prevention, and support group information for people living with AIDS
Resource availability: South Central Wisconsin

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
 State icon
Description: Medical center, social services, and prevention programs 
Resource availability: Wisconsin

Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral CenterState icon
Description:
Fact sheets, referrals sources, service locator, and external links for HIV/AIDS-related prevention and care services 
Resource availability:
Internet

MENTAL HEALTH

Anxiety disorders in LGBT populations
Description:
Information on anxiety disorders in LGBT populations published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Internet

Depression in LGBT populations
Description:
Information on depression in LGBT populations published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Internet 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Description: A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Resource availability: Internet and toll-free hotline: 1-800-273-TALK [8255]

SEXUAL HEALTH

Fact sheet on men and HPV
Description:
CDC fact sheet on HPV among men, including an overview, statistics, and diagnosis and treatment information
Resource availability: Internet

Syphilis among MSM
Description:
CDC fact sheet about syphilis among men who have sex with men; includes statistics, diagnosis and treatment information, and prevention strategies
Resource availability: Internet

Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral CenterState icon
Description:
Information and service finder for STD diagnosis and treatment
Resource availability: Wisconsin

TOBACCO

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Tips from Former Smokers
Description:
Real stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
Resource availability: Internet

National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
Description:
Quit strategies and resources, outreach information, statistics, and scientific literature
Resource availability: Internet

rm2BreatheState icon
Description:
State-wide anti-tobacco program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, coordinated by Diverse and Resilient 
Resource availability:
Wisconsin

VIOLENCE/SAFETY

AARDVARC (An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection)
Description: Information on domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships, including state laws and how to recognizing and reacting to abuse and locate resources 
Resource availability: Internet

Anti-Violence ProjectState icon
Description:
Victim advocacy, community outreach, and service provider education program at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center 
Resource availability: Milwaukee 

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Program
Description:
Information and statistics on domestic violence in gay men
Resource availability: Internet, Massachusetts

Northwest Network
Description: LGBT information and support regarding abuse and violence (based in Seattle, WA)
Resource availability: Internet 

StopBullying.gov
Description: Information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
Resource availability: Internet

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Last Revised: April 04, 2014