The life expectancy of a gay man is currently under 50, which is 20-30 years shorter than the life expectancy of a heterosexual man. While HIV/AIDS may explain some of this difference, there are other health risks that contribute to this. We need to be concerned that approximately 20% of gay men have been the victims of anti-gay violence.
In a study of 47 HIV positive gay, bisexual and transgendered men:
the majority had experienced homophobic care
experiences in the emergency department were consistently bad
bad experiences negatively affected future care seeking
gay men preferred a gay male physician
gay men had positive views of straight female physicians
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