Please join us for our next Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture featuring ISGMH staff member and last year’s winner of the Graduate Fellow Research Award, Kyle Jozsa. Kyle will present on “I don’t need morality and my healthcare mixed”: Young sexual minority males’ perceptions and experiences of sexual healthcare in urban and rural areas.
The talk will be held from 12:00 – 1:30pm (CT) on Thursday, July 23 over Zoom. To register, please fill out the form below. A link will be sent ahead of the event.
About the speaker:
Kyle Jozsa, M.A., (he/him) is a clinical psychology doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Newcomb. His clinical and research emphases are behavioral health, with a focus on the sexual and relational health of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. He currently works as a facilitator on the 2GETHER project providing relationship education to male couples. He has also worked with Dr. Kathryn Macapagal on Looking and PrEP 4 the Future, projects related to the sexual health and development of sexual minority adolescents. Kyle is particularly interested in learning how urban and rural contexts affect the health of SGM people, and in how romantic relationships and telehealth can improve the health and wellbeing of these populations.
About the lecture:
Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are at disproportionate risk for HIV and STI infection. Decades of research has attempted to identify barriers and facilitators to engaging YMSM in sexual healthcare and HIV preventative services (e.g., PrEP); however, most work is situated in urban centers, meaning that YMSM in rural areas remain understudied. More recent work has shown that rural YMSM are less likely to engage with sexual health services, and qualitative work from rural states suggests that some may perceive stigma, a lack of competent providers, and potential breaches of confidentiality as barriers to such care. This qualitative interview study builds on the above by sampling YMSM from across the country and comparing experiences across the spectrum of rural-to-urban localities. Participants describe their experiences with STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, and HIV prevention services such as PrEP and PEP. Barriers specific to participants’ localities and younger age (i.e., 18-29-years-old) are identified, as are factors conducive to more positive experiences with sexual healthcare.