Young Gay Men Aren't Getting the Health Care They Need

Published: March 25, 2015

Perry N. Halkitis
Original Article:

Emerging adulthood is a complex time for anyone. It ranges from late adolescence to one’s mid-20s—ages when we are seeking to establish our identities in social contexts and transition from childhood to the expectations and responsibilities of adulthood.

For young adults in sexual minorities, this age of transition can be especially fraught. Physical, emotional, cognitive and social development are coupled with the process of coming out and negotiating a sexual identity in a society that is still homophobic. Researchers consistently observe poor physical and mental health outcomes among gay and lesbian young adults, and these outcomes can be further exacerbated by both racism and poverty.

My own research on young men who have sex with men has found that they are not accessing basic primary care that can keep them healthy.

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