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Gay and bisexual men ‘neglected’ by health services

Stonewall publishes world’s largest Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey
Report reveals serious concerns about mental health and domestic abuse

Stonewall today publishes the world’s largest Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey, which reveals that even though Scotland’s gay and bisexual men are more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm, have depression, smoke, drink and take illegal drugs, their needs are often overlooked by health services which tend to focus solely on gay men’s sexual health.

Stonewall’s survey based on responses from nearly 6,900 gay and bisexual men across Britain – available online at www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/gaymenshealth – also found that gay and bisexual Scots are more likely than men in general to have experienced domestic abuse from a family member or partner. Three in four of those who have faced abuse have never reported it to the police, and a quarter of those who did report were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation.

Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland said: ‘This deeply troubling report provides hard evidence that Scotland’s gay and bisexual men are being let down by health services which often see homosexuality and bisexuality purely as sexual health issues. As a result hundreds of thousands of gay and bisexual men are in dire need of better support from health professionals. The findings send a stark message that Scotland’s health services need to rethink how they approach many of their patients and our report makes a number of recommendations which could help them improve. We hope they will rise to that challenge.’