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Unequal OpportunityHealth Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States$
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Richard J. Wolitski, Ron Stall, and Ronald O. Valdiserri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301533.001.0001

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The Unique Experiences of Older Gay and Bisexual Men: Associations with Health and Well-Being

The Unique Experiences of Older Gay and Bisexual Men: Associations with Health and Well-Being

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(p.303) 11 The Unique Experiences of Older Gay and Bisexual Men: Associations with Health and Well-Being
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Unequal Opportunity
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Arnold H. Grossman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301533.003.0011

This chapter reviews the experiences of older gay and bisexual men that affect physical and mental health. It discusses the unique experiences of older adults who lived during a time when homosexuality was much less visible and accepted. It discusses the effects of being a double minority (being old and gay or bisexual) and the consequences of hiding or disclosing sexual orientation. The current state of the field is reviewed and data from research on the physical and mental health of older gay and bisexual men in the United States are discussed. The chapter ends with a review of health care barriers experienced by older gay and bisexual men, and provides recommendations for future efforts to improve the health and well-being of this population.

Keywords:   older adults, elderly, aging, substance use, sexual behavior, mental health, homosexuality, homophobia, discrimination, health care

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