CON Looking at Men's Health Attitudes

March 18, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651


Peter Guarnero, Ph.D., RN, UNM College of Nursing, is launching pilot study to better understand health promotion behaviors of young gay and bisexual men aged 18-29. Men in this group are at a higher-than-average risk for HIV, lung and liver disease and testicular cancer.

Guarnero is looking to find out how men define health, what makes these men more open to seeing a doctor and how to better educate them to prevent possible life-threatening diseases.

"One of the goals of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 is to eliminate health disparities that may occur as a result of factors such as gender, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation," Guarnero said. "For example, serious gaps exist in understanding the health status of marginalized groups, such as young gay and bisexual men, particularly those living in rural areas of the United States."

The purpose of this study is to explore and describe what staying healthy means to a group of 18-29 year-old gay and bisexual men living in a small city in New Mexico and what strategies this group of men utilized to stay healthy. This will be accomplished by using a mixed method approach in which qualitative and quantitative data will be simultaneously collected.

A sample of 25 young gay and bisexual men will be recruited in the Albuquerque area. Participants will be asked to participate in a 45-60 minute in-depth interview. They also will be asked to answer a demographic questionnaire, the Health Promotion Lifestyle Profile-ll and standardized General Health Items.

The data will be used to determine how a group of 18-29 year-old group of gay and bisexual men defines staying healthy and what strategies they use to remain healthy. The research is significant, as it will allow this group of men to articulate their notions of health promotion.

For more information on the study or to participate, please call Dr. Peter Guarnero at 272-8846.

The UNM College of Nursing provides nursing education, research, service and leadership in nursing for the state of New Mexico. With degrees at baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, including nursing education, and community health, the College focuses on asking and answering the most difficult questions about nursing care and how nurses can design and manage health care delivery to meet the needs of the state.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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