Psychosocial needs and vulnerabilities of older gay and bisexual men


Key take-home messages
  • Health outcomes related to the intersectionality of aging and sexual minority status is an emerging area of research.
  • It is important to consider the context of lived experiences among older gay men, as their experience of aging may be different from their heterosexual counterparts.
  • The construct of internalized gay ageism appears to be a form of sexual minority stress that may have negative impacts on the psychological well-being of older gay men.
  • Generally, being part of the gay community or being active in gay-affirmative spaces was identified as being beneficial and may potentially influence health outcomes.
  • Support groups specifically targeting older gay men living with HIV may decrease perceived stigma and have a positive impact on quality of life.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Health
    • Determinants of Health
  • Determinants of Health
    • Social support
    • Stigma/discrimination
  • Population(s)
    • Men who have sex with men
    • Older adults (>50 years)


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