Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Addressing Gay Men’s Health - The Script Needs a Rewrite

 The Gay Men's Health Movement is informative, empowering, celebratory, multicultural, and relationally focused. Within this paradigm, sexual health is not simply defined as an absence of disease, but encompasses wellness and pleasure, and is inextricably tied to an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual health.

via Virtual Mentor [August 2010 edition: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification, and Patient Care]
by Jim Pickett

Since the first cases of a strange, new illness among gay men were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981, the parameters and measures of gay men’s health have unfortunately been defined by a disease-centered, myopic concentration on the area between the navel and the knee.

As a public health strategy for the control of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and syphilis, such a narrow focus has proven ineffective. We have failed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual lives of gay men and their connection to sexual health and wellness. And this failure has had consequences.

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