LGBT Health: Gay and Bisexual Men

Image of a gay couple performing garden workGay 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health: Substance Use
Description: General information from the CDC regarding substance use, including link to a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.
Resource availability: Internet

Substance Use and SUDs in LGBT Populations
Description: Overview of general research findings regarding substance use among LGBT people.
Resource availability: Internet

National Helpline - 1-800-662-4357
Description: Free, confidential 24/7, 365-day-a-year, treatment and referral information service (in English and Spanish) regarding mental and/or substance disorders.
Resource availability: Internet

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

HIV/AIDS

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Description: Federal government website with comprehensive public health information regarding the HIV epidemic.
Resource availability: Internet

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau
Description: Federal government website regarding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and support of health and support services for persons living with HIV.
Resource availability: Internet

Wisconsin HIV ProgramState icon
Description: Wisconsin HIV statistics and information resources regarding prevention and care services in Wisconsin.
Resource availability: Internet

Mental Health

Depression in the LGBT Population
Description:
Overview of depression among LGBT community members.
Resource availability: Internet

Understanding Anxiety and Depression for LGBTQ People
Description:
LGBT information and support regarding anxiety and depression.
Resource availability: Internet

Mental Health and the LGBTQ Community
Description:
Fact sheet from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation about mental health and the LGBTQ community.
Resource availability: 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

Health issues for gay men and men who have sex with men
Description: Mayo Clinic overview of key health issues for MSM
Resource availability: Internet

PrEP
Description:
Comprehensive overview of PrEP from the CDC.
Resource availability: Internet

PrEP Resources in WisconsinState icon
Description: Overview of PrEP and related resources in Wisconsin, including information on Wisconsin PrEP providers.
Resource availability: Internet and Wisconsin

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

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

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

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: August 5, 2019