The NHS is “failing gay and bisexual men”, The Guardian has reported. The newspaper said that the NHS has to confront some “serious issues” in the way it looks after the health of gay and bisexual men.
The news is based on a report by the charity Stonewall, which is thought to be the world’s largest survey on the health of gay and bisexual men. The charity, which campaigns for gay, lesbian and bisexual rights, surveyed almost 6,900 gay and bisexual men across Britain about their health. The survey reveals many troubling statistics, such as gay and bisexual men having greater chances of experiencing depression, self-harming, attempting suicide, drinking heavily, taking illegal drugs or being the victim of domestic abuse. Many men reported that health services tend to focus solely on their sexual health and HIV status, rather than wider aspects of their health and wellbeing.