Sex and diabetes: a thematic analysis of gay and bisexual men's accounts

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Around 50 per cent of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction. Much of the literature focuses on quality of life measures with heterosexual men in monogamous relationships. This study explores gay and bisexual men's experiences of sex and diabetes. Thirteen interviews were analysed and three themes identified: erectile problems; other 'physical' problems; and disclosing diabetes to sexual partners. Findings highlight a range of sexual problems experienced by non-heterosexual men and the significance of the cultural and relational context in which they are situated. The personalized care promised by the UK government should acknowledge the diversity of sexual practices which might be affected by diabetes.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-418
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date22 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • diabetes, diversity, men’s health, qualitative methods, sexual health, sexuality


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