Charity Conducts Largest Ever Survey In To Gay and Bisexual Health

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6th September 2012 12:55 - Voluntary

Research among 6,861 gay and bisexual men from across Britian, carried out by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, provides a detailed look at gay and bisexual men's health. The research, which represents the largest survey of its type ever conducted in the world, included a wide range of individuals. 92% of respondents said they were gay and 8% said they were bisexual, 85% of respondents lived in England, 9% in Scotland and 6% in Wales. 95% of respondents were white and 5% of respondents were black or from another ethnic minority. The youngest participant was 16 and the oldest was 85. The survey covered a broad range of health topics, and produced a mass of data, including:

  • Two thirds of gay and bisexual men have smoked at some time in their life compared to half of men in general
  • Half of gay and bisexual men have taken drugs in the last year compared to just one in eight men in general
  • Over half of gay and bisexual men have a normal body mass index (BMI) compared to under a third of men in general. Just 44 per cent of gay and bisexual men are overweight or obese compared to 70 per cent of men in general
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thirteen per cent of gay and bisexual men have had a problem with their weight or eating in the last year compared to four per cent of men in general
  • 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
  • Four in five gay and bisexual men who have experienced domestic abuse have never reported incidents to the police. Of those who did report, more than half were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation
  • Only a quarter of gay and bisexual men said that healthcare workers had given them information relevant to their sexual orientation
  • Only one in five said that their GP surgery displayed a policy stating that they would not discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and just two in five gay and bisexual men said their GP had a clear policy on confidentiality

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