Overall Mental Health and Misuse of Erectile Dysfunction Medication Among Sexual Minority Men

Amanda Bruening, Marisol Perez, Jamie Josephs

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Abstract

Background: Research has noted that rates of recreational use of erectile dysfunction medication (EDM) are particularly high among men who have sex with other men. Though previous research has investigated recreational EDM use in relation to substance use, its association with other general mental health symptoms and diagnoses remains unexamined. Objectives: To address the paucity of research on EDM misuse, the current study examined prevalence rates of EDM misuse among sexual minority men and its association with last 12-month and 30-day mental health symptoms and diagnoses. Method: A secondary analysis of 7,658 sexual minority undergraduate and graduate male students recruited as part of the American College of Health Association’s National College Health Assessment was performed. Results: Results indicated that 2.2% of sexual minority men reported misuse of EDMs within the last 12 months. Last 12-month EDM misuse was significantly associated with a number of mental health symptoms and diagnoses in the last 12 months and last 30 days. Most notably, small to moderate effects were found for misuse of other prescribed medications, such as antidepressants, painkillers, and sedatives, and diagnosis of substance use within the last 12 months. Small effects were found for sedatives and steroid misuse in the last 30 days. Conclusion: Results suggest that worse mental health, particularly substance use, is associated with EDM misuse among sexual minority men. As such, further research in this area is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1825-1833
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume54
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2019

Keywords

  • Erectile dysfunction medication
  • mental health
  • sexual minority men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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