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


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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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes,diversity,men’s health,qualitative methods,sexual health,sexuality,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7277
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 07:09
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 08:54
Full Text Link: http://hpq.sage ... ontent/17/3/409
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2012-04
Published Online Date: 2011-08-22
Authors: Jowett, Adam
Peel, Elizabeth
Shaw, Rachel L (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)



Version: Accepted Version

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