The MSM (Non)Identity: Toward Understanding Sexual Behavior and Identity

Author :- Professor Sex June 10, 2020, 9:53 a.m.
The MSM (Non)Identity: Toward Understanding Sexual Behavior and Identity

The MSM (Non)Identity: Toward Understanding Sexual Behavior and Identity in Health Research and Practice with Straight Men Under the Umbrella.


Men who have sex with men (MSM) that identify as straight/heterosexual are frequently grouped into a general and indiscriminate category based solely on their sexual behaviour. Though from a purely epidemiological view such an approach may be justified, it strips cultural context from these men’s risky sexual behaviour. Simultaneously and conversely, clinical professionals may be underestimating the importance of screening for risky behavior among men who report an ostensibly less-than-risky identity. The present article discusses literature on sexual identity and sexual behavior as it pertains to straight-identifying MSM. Themes of wholistic sexuality and social determinants of health are presented as considerable adjuncts to present conceptualizations of the lived experiences of these men. Recommendations are provided for public health researchers and for health clinicians to better integrate the understanding of identity, behavior, and their intersection.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS Men who have sex with men Sexual behaviors Stigma Gender roles 

Read the full article at the journal for Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 

APA Citation: 

Zeglin, R.J. Sex Res Soc Policy (2019).

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