Health information for gay and bisexual men
Your health and safety are extremely important. Everyone deserves good health and a good life.
Gay and bisexual men are as diverse as the entire community. Like the general population, gay and bisexual men vary in terms of age, income, cultural background, affiliation with the gay community, and education. Also like the general population, gay and bisexual men are varied in their physical activity levels, sexual behaviors, diet, health history, genetics and other factors that affect overall health.
The following general health recommendations for gay and bisexual men (and all men) help promote health and prevent disease:
- Not smoking and avoiding smoky places.
- Eating a healthy and varied diet that is low in fat and high in fiber.
- Drinking only in moderation.
- Regular health exams and screening for STDs.
- Regular prostate and colon cancer screening after age 50.
- Tetanus immunization booster every 10 years.
- 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-4 times per week.
Gay and bisexual men may also have some particular health concerns, such as increased risk of hate crimes and sexually transmitted diseases. These webpages discuss some of these health concerns, as well as the things that you can do to reduce or eliminate your risk for these health problems: