Stonewall's Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Survey

With 6,861 respondents from across Britain, this is the largest survey ever conducted of gay and bisexual men's health needs in the world. However, it demonstrates that many of those needs are not being met and that there are areas of significant concern - most particularly in mental health and drug use - that have been overlooked by health services which too often focus solely on gay men's sexual health.

These findings send a stark message that Britain's health services need to rethink how they approach many of their patients.

The Report

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Final (PDF)
Gay and Bisexual Men's Health (Word)

Data for each Local Authority region is available on our health microsite.

You can read the Scotland specific report here

To find out more about the survey, our recommendations, and our best practice guide for the NHS visit our new health microsite  

Key Findings

  • In the last year, three per cent of gay men and five per cent of bisexual men have attempted to take their own life. Just 0.4 per cent of men in general attempted to take their own life in the same period.

  • One in sixteen (six per cent) gay and bisexual men aged 16 to 24 have attempted to take their own life in the last year. Less than one per cent of men in general aged 16 to 24 have attempted to take their own life in the same period.

  • Almost half of gay and bisexual men worry about the way they look and wish they could think about it less.

  • One in five gay and bisexual men have had problems with their weight or eating at some time.

  • Half of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16 compared to 17 per cent of men in general.

  • More than a third of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse in a relationship with a man.

  • One in four gay and bisexual men have never been tested for any sexually transmitted infection.

  • Three in ten gay and bisexual men have never had an HIV test in spite of early diagnosis now being a public health  priority.

  • A third of gay and bisexual men who have accessed healthcare services in the last year have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation.

  • More than a quarter of gay and bisexual men said their healthcare professional acknowledged they were gay or bisexual after they had come out and just one in eight were told that their partner was welcome to be present during a consultation.

  • Only a quarter of gay and bisexual men said that healthcare workers had given them information relevant to their sexual orientation.

To find out more about the survey, our recommendations, and our  best practice guide for the NHS visit our new health microsite

The Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Survey was conducted by Stonewall and Sigma Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

 


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