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Methods Used and Topics Addressed in Quantitative Health Research on Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

Methods Used and Topics Addressed in Quantitative Health Research on Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
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Brennan DJ, Bauer GR, Bradley K, Tran OV,


Brennan DJ, Bauer GR, Bradley K, Tran OV, (click to view)

Brennan DJ, Bauer GR, Bradley K, Tran OV,

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Abstract
OBJECTIVES
Research on sexual minority men (gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men) was examined with regard to the measures of sexual orientation used, the methods of research, and the main health outcomes under study.

METHODS
We conducted a systematic review of English-language quantitative studies of the health of sexual minority men published in 2010 (n = 250).

RESULTS
This snapshot of the literature revealed that research on sexual minority men overwhelmingly focused on HIV, STIs, and sexual health for which sexual orientation was most commonly defined behaviorally. For topics of mental health or body/fitness outcomes, sexual orientation was most commonly defined by identity. Most study samples were venue-based, and only 8.8% of published papers drew data from population-based samples.

CONCLUSIONS
We identified needs for research on sexual minority men’s health that examines mental and physical health outcomes beyond sexual risk, uses probability-based samples, and addresses intersectional concerns related to race/ethnicity and age.

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