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“You’re Gay, It’s Just What Happens”: Sexual Minority Men Recounting Experiences of Unwanted Sex in the Era of MeToo

Keith Reynolds
August 25th, 2021

Abstract Our grounded theory analysis derives from in-depth interviews conducted with 24 gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) living in Toronto, Canada, to understand their experiences of sexual coercion. Participants drew on discourse from the #MeToo movement to...

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‘I was just doing what a normal gay man would do, right?’: The biopolitics of substance use and the mental health of sexual minority men

Keith Reynolds
August 25th, 2021

Abstract Drawing on 24 interviews conducted with gay, bisexual, queer and other men who have sex with men (GBM) living in Toronto, Canada, we examined how they are making sense of the relationship between their mental health and substance use. We draw from the literature on the biopolitics of...

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Stepping Stones or Second Class Donors?: a qualitative analysis of gay, bisexual, and queer men’s perspectives on plasma donation policy in Canada

Keith Reynolds
June 30th, 2021

Background: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are not eligible to donate blood or plasma in Canada if they have had sex with another man in the last 3 months. This time-based deferment has reduced since 2013; from an initial lifetime ban, to five-years, one-year, and now three-months. Our previous...

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Mental health and structural harm: a qualitative study of sexual minority men’s experiences of mental healthcare in Toronto, Canada

Keith Reynolds
June 30th, 2021

Abstract: Compared to the general population, sexual minority men report poorer mental health outcomes and higher mental healthcare utilisation. However, they also report more unmet mental health needs. To better understand this phenomenon, we conducted qualitative interviews with 24 sexual...

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HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among Urban Canadian gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men for whom PrEP is clinically recommended: baseline results from the Engage cohort study

Keith Reynolds
June 30th, 2021

Background: in Canada, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) are disproportionately affected by HIV. Use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by GBM for whom PrEP is clinically recommended, is unknown. We report on PrEP access and factors associated with not using PrEP, among...

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Use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among urban Canadian gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men: a cross-sectional analysis of the Engage cohort study

Keith Reynolds
June 28th, 2021

Background: In Canada, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) are disproportionately affected by HIV. Our objective was to describe access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and identify factors associated with not using PrEP among self-reported HIV-negative or HIV-unknown...

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Characteristics of the HIV cascade of care and unsuppressed viral load among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men living with HIV across Canada’s three largest cities

Keith Reynolds
June 28th, 2021

Introduction: Treatment as prevention strategies have been variously applied across provinces in Canada. We estimated HIV care cascade indicators and correlates of unsuppressed viral load (VL) among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) recruited in Vancouver, Toronto and...

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It’s in me to give: Canadian gay, bisexual, and queer men’s willingness to donate blood despite feelings of policy discrimination. Qualitative Health Research

Jose Patiño-Gomez
October 26th, 2020

Abstract Blood donation policies governing men who have sex with men have shifted significantly over time in Canada—from an initial lifetime ban in the wake of the AIDS crisis to successive phases of time-based deferment requiring periods of sexual abstinence (5-years to 1-year to 3-months)....

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Gay and Bisexual Men’s Views on Reforming Blood Donation Policy in Canada: A Qualitative Study

Gbolahan Olarewaju
June 26th, 2019

Background: Researchers and activists have long called for changes to blood donation policies to end what is frequently framed as unjustified bans or deferral periods for men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 2016, in Canada, a man had to be abstinent from all sexual contact (anal or oral sex)...

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A tale of two epidemics: gay men’s mental health and the biomedicalisation of HIV prevention and care in Toronto

Ricky Rodrigues
March 06th, 2019

Abstract There is mounting urgency regarding the mental health of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM). We examined how GBM are understanding the relationship between HIV and their mental health given the increasing biomedicalisation of HIV prevention and care. Our Grounded...

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