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Stonewall Cymru health research

Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey (2012) and Prescription for Change: Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Check (2008)present the findings from Stonewall’s health research on the physical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and their experiences of discrimination or a lack of understanding when accessing health care services.

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Survey Wales (2012)

Key Findings

  • Two per cent of gay men and three per cent of bisexual men in Wales have attempted to take their own life in the last year. One in fourteen gay and bisexual men have deliberately harmed themselves in the last year. These figures are higher for younger gay and bisexual men.
  • Half of gay and bisexual men in Wales have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16.
  • One in nine (11 per cent) gay and bisexual men have had a problem with their weight or eating in the last year. Almost half (47 per cent) of gay and bisexual men in Wales worry about the way they look and wish they could think about it less.
  • Two in five (40 per cent) gay and bisexual men in Wales have never been tested for any sexually transmitted infection. Two in five (40 per cent) have never had an HIV test.
  • Two in five (39 per cent) gay and bisexual men are not out to their GP or other healthcare professionals.
  • More than one in four (28 per cent) gay and bisexual men in Wales who have accessed healthcare services in the last year have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation.

Prescription for Change Wales (2008)

Key Findings

  • One in twenty (6 per cent) lesbian and bisexual women in Wales have attempted to take their own life in the past year. More than one in five (23 per cent) have deliberately harmed themselves in the last year.
  • A third (34 per cent) of lesbians and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse.
  • More than one in four (27 per cent) lesbians and bisexual women have been told they had an eating problem.
  • One in seven (14 per cent) lesbians and bisexual women have never had a cervical smear test.
  • More than half (52 per cent) of lesbians and bisexual women are not out to their GP or other healthcare professionals.
  • Half (49 per cent) of lesbians and bisexual women have had a negative experience accessing health care services in the last year.