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Rutgers: Addressing the Health Care Needs of Emerging Adult Gay Men

A recent Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) manuscript detailed the health challenges faced by emerging adult gay men and the limitations of health care providers in effectively meeting the needs of this population.

Emerging adult gay men are disproportionally burdened by numerous health disparities in relation to their physical, psychological, and social health and too often face barriers to accessing appropriate and competent health care. Many health care providers are unfamiliar with the unique health needs of emerging adult gay men and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning) and others (LGBTQ+)  people more broadly, who too often face chronic and state-sanctioned marginalization and discrimination that undermines their health and well-being.

“Effective health care for emerging adult gay men must be cognizant of the fact that young gay men are grappling with their sexuality during this period of emerging adulthood, which compounds and exacerbates the multitude of developmental issues that emerge during this stage of life,” said Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and director of CHIBPS.

“Skilled and competent health care providers must further recognize that the population of emerging adult gay men is not monolithic, and that all possess intersectional identities,” said Dr. Kristen Krause, CHIBPS Manager and senior study author. “Importantly, the health of emerging adult gay men is not solely defined by HIV and must be envisioned with a broader and less stigmatizing frame.”

The manuscript was published in a special issue of Pediatric Clinics on “Vulnerable Children in the United States,” edited by Drs. Steven Kairys and Arturo Brito.

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