Gay and bi men twice as likely to be depressed than straights

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bi men twice as likely to be depressed than straights
01 July 2014

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

‘This diverse population continues to experience inequalities in health and wellbeing and in other areas – such as the experience or fear of stigma and discrimination, despite significant improvements in social attitudes and laws that protect and uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

‘For MSM, it is vital to recognise specific key events that relate to the development of sexual identity, relationships and behaviors over a lifetime.’

The PHE have noted the facts regarding health experienced by gay and bisexual men.

Such, as, there is an estimated 41,000 men who have sex with men living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2012. This is nearly one in five unaware of infection.

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to suffer from depression, and are also twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol and smoking.

85% of MSN did not receive proper information about same-sex relationships at school.

One in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have been the victim of a homophobic hate crime or incident over the last three years.

Last week, another study found religion to be associated with, but not necessarily the cause of, gay teen suicide.

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