Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent an incredibly diverse community. Gay and bisexual men have both shared and unique experiences and circumstances that affect their physical health and mental health needs as well as their ability to receive high-quality health services.

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Shanghai China 

gayhealthGay and bisexual men, like all men, need to be aware of the ways they can protect their health through all stages of life. For all men, the leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer. However, among men who have sex with men (MSM), there are higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tobacco and drug use, and depression compared to other men.

Sexual health—the state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well being in relation to sexuality—is an important part of your overall health. The idea of sexual health emphasizes health and wellness as well as the avoidance of negative health outcomes that result from unhealthy sexual behaviors and attitudes. For gay and bisexual men, HIV, hepatitis, and other STDs are of particular concern. For example, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men, while the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men.

Stigma and Discrimination

LGBT Stigma and Discrimination Shanghai China

msm-shanghai-chinaHomophobia,  stigma, and discrimination persist in the Shanghai China and negatively affect  the health and well-being of gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men  (MSM), and other members of the LGBT community. Homophobia, stigma, and  discrimination are social  determinants of health that can affect physical and mental health,  whether MSM seek and are able to obtain health services, and the quality of the  services they receive. Such barriers to health need to be addressed at different   levels of society, such as health care  settings, work places, and schools in order to increase opportunities for improving  the health of MSM.

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