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Gay Men's Health research findings
This research utilised anonymous self-completion questionnaires to investigate suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviours amongst 95 young gay and bisexual men living and socialising in Edinburgh. The study found a disturbingly high level of suicidal thought, feeling and behaviour amongst the sample group, along with some dissatisfaction about the sources of available support. The proportion of respondents who reported suicidal thoughts and who had attempted suicide was significantly higher than that found in the general population.
HIV testing among gay men using the commercial gay scene in Edinburgh
This research was carried out in the gay bars in Edinburgh during September 2002 and builds on the ‘Testing Barriers’ research carried out in 1999 by Paul Flowers et al. The research looks at gay men’s testing behaviour and examines the extent of HIV stigma and discrimination on the commercial gay scene and other barriers which prevent gay men from having an HIV test. A total of 283 men took part in the survey. Steve O’Donnell carried out the research assisted by a team of GMH volunteers; Paul Flowers provided the overall design and the analysis of questionnaire data was carried out by Christina Knussen at Glasgow Caledonian University.
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The Medical Research Council conducted a large piece of research into gay and bisexual men’s sexual health behaviour in 1999. 1056 men were approached on the Edinburgh gay scene and the information relevant to Gay Men’s Health appears below:
The numbers of men using Gay Men’s Health services are shown below. 217 men reported accessing condoms and lubricant through Gay Men’s Health and 128 reported reading Gay Men’s Health leaflets or booklets. A further 77 had talked to staff or volunteers at Gay Men’s Health.
Satisfaction with GMH Services (men reporting any service use)
Satisfaction with GMH Counselling Service (men reporting counselling use)
Of those men who had used the counselling service, 14 (30.4%) were aged 15-25 years, 9 (19.6%) were aged 26-30 years, 7 (15.2%) were aged 31-36 years and 16 (34.8%) were aged 37 and over.
23 men (59%) who used the counselling service were in social classes I, II and IIIN compared with 77.4% of the rest of the sample. (p=0.008).
The majority of men using the counselling service lived in the Edinburgh area (37 men, 80.4%)
Frequency of bar attendance (number of visits to the gay scene) differed between men who used the counselling service and the rest of the sample (p<0.0005).
Visits Counselling Rest of Sample
Variations in the sexual health behaviour of men who used the counselling service and the rest of the sample were apparent:
A Needs Assessment by Natasha McInninie for Gay Men’s Health
Summary of Findings
GMH publicity / advertising
There was comparatively less awareness of GMH services amongst the 18-26 age group (42% of respondents stating that they were unaware of GMH services) than amongst the 27-39 age group (20% unaware)
GMH services - perceived needs
The lowest response came from the 55% of respondents who thought GMH should be providing group counselling for gay and bisexual men
GMH service - actual needs
When asked what GMH services respondents would be likely to use themselves, a different picture of need emerged. There were significant differences between age groups. The highest responses are listed in order below:
GMH service use and evaluation
GMH evaluation responses were confused, possibly as a result of flaws in the questionnaire design. However, of those respondents who had used counselling, support or information/advice with GMH, 39% had found it extremely helpful, 35% helpful and 9% moderately helpful. Three respondents said they had found it very unhelpful but all made positive comments such as “Very good”. The remaining respondent ticked extremely helpful, helpful and very unhelpful, although he indicated that he had not used counselling, support or information/advice services.
The major barrier to accessing counselling and support at GMH was the fear of being recognised by someone.
Use of counselling services
There was little consistency in respondents evaluation of other services
Last updated 14th July 2004
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