Interventions to reduce social isolation and loneliness among men who have sex with men
Key take-home messages
- Social isolation and loneliness are significantly associated with all-cause mortality in the general population.
- A recent study among gay and bisexual men who have sex with men in Vancouver found that 61% of the sample reported some degree of loneliness.
- While there are a number of studies and reviews that focus on loneliness and/or social isolation among older adults in the general population, there appear to be few interventions designed to target loneliness among sexual minority individuals specifically.
- The Friendly Caller Program and Telefriending are telephone buddy programs that target social isolation and loneliness among older adults who identify as a sexual minority.
- Gay Poz Sex, a small-group counselling intervention for gay and bisexual men living with HIV, reported reductions in condomless anal intercourse and reduced mental health problems, including loneliness.
- Interventions targeting minority stress and social anxiety have been found to reduce loneliness among men who have sex with men.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service
- Determinants of Health
- Social support
- Men who have sex with men
- Sexual risk behaviour
- Mental Health