LGBT Health - Gay and Bisexual Men

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Gay 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. Many other recommendations for promoting health behaviors such as wearing a seatbelt, washing hands, and getting screened for diseases regularly apply to all men. However, gay and bisexual men 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.
 

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. Hyperlinks marked with State icon in the content below are 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.
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 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

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, Washington)
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

Last Revised: March 8, 2016