Young Black Gay/Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Review and Content Analysis of Health-Focused Research Between 1988 and 2013

Ryan M. Wade, Gary W. Harper

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Black young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM) are at high risk for negative health outcomes, though this population is underrepresented in the health literature. An extensive literature review and content analysis of health-related peer-reviewed articles (1988-2013) was conducted that targeted Black YGBMSM, examining five content areas: sexual health, health care, substance use, psychosocial functioning, and sociostructural factors. A coding sheet was created to collect information on all content areas and related subtopics and computed descriptive statistics. Out of 54 articles, most were published after 2004 (N = 49; 90.7%) and addressed some aspect of sexual health (N = 50; 92.6%). Few articles included content on psychosocial functioning, including bullying/harassment, suicide, and racial/ethnic identity. Data on health care delivery/receipt and health insurance were underrepresented; tobacco use and substance abuse were seldom addressed. Important sociostructural factors, including sexual networks and race-based discrimination, were poorly represented. Last, there was a noteworthy deficit of qualitative studies and research exploring intersectional identity and health. This review concludes that studies on Black YGBMSM health places sex at the forefront to the neglect of other critical health domains. More research is needed on the diverse health issues of a vulnerable and underexamined population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1388-1405
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • adolescence
  • behavioral issues
  • gay health issues
  • men of color
  • psychosocial and cultural issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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