The Health and Health Behaviors of Young Men Who Have Sex With Men
April 25, 2007
The purpose of the current study was to examine health and mental health problems for which young men who have sex with men (YMSM) may be at risk.
The researchers administered an audio-computer-assisted survey to an ethnically diverse sample of 526 YMSM ages 18-24. Venue-based probability sampling was used to recruit the men from bars, clubs, and other social venues.
The researchers noted a range of health and mental health problems and health-compromising behaviors, including overweight/obesity, depression, and suicidal thoughts/attempts. Many of the YMSM were found to have high rates of STDs. Many also reported being uninsured or having limited access to health care.
"Many of the health concerns and risks reported by these young men are preventable and can be addressed by any number of sectors, including health care and social service providers, religious organizations, schools, and employers," the authors concluded.
Journal of Adolescent Health
04.07; Vol. 40; No. 4: P. 342-350; Michele D. Kipke, Ph.D.; Katrina Kubicek, Ph.Dc.; George Weiss; Carolyn Wong, Ph.D.; Donna Lopez, M.S.W.; Ellen Iverson, M.P.H.; Wesley Ford, M.P.H.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.