Cornelson, Brian M.
October 1998
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p261
Academic Journal
The article identifies key issues that health professionals must address in order to provide appropriate health care services to gay and bisexual men. It focuses on sexual health matters that are particularly pertinent when working with men who have sex with men. Although large urban centers may have the largest and most visible gay and bisexual communities, men who have sex with men live in rural, as well as urban settings and come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. With respect to sexual health, gay and bisexual men face the same issues as heterosexual men. This article, however, will focus upon sexual health issues that have particular relevance to men who self-identify as gay or bisexual. Societal heterosexism and homophobia- and most particularly the odious so-called conversion therapy- are powerful obstacles that gay and bisexual men have to overcome to achieve a healthy acceptance of and comfort with their sexual lives. This population often experiences difficulty in gaining access to knowledgeable and accepting health care, and this may adversely affect their ability to secure opportune, knowledgeable and effective care.


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