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Sex and Diabetes: a Thematic Analysis of Gay and Bisexual Men's Accounts

Jowett, A. and Peel, Elizabeth and Shaw, R.L. (2012) Sex and Diabetes: a Thematic Analysis of Gay and Bisexual Men's Accounts. Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (3). pp. 409-418. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes, diversity, men's health, qualitative methods, sexual health, sexuality, gay, bisexual
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 14:05
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 16:59
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2558

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