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Gay and Bisexual Men's Urology

Like all men, gay and bisexual men can experience issues affecting their urologic health. Some common urologic problems include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate) causing difficulty with urination
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature)
  • Low testosterone
  • Testicular pain

While the problems affecting gay and bisexual men are similar to those that impact heterosexual cis-men, these patients often benefit from different approaches to care.

Led by Channa Amarasekera, MD, the Northwestern Medicine Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urology program was created to improve the urologic care experience, outcomes and quality of life for patients who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and identify as gay or bisexual.

Selected Media

In this podcast, Dr. Amarasekera discusses prostate cancer treatment considerations for gay and bisexual men. He shares his published study assessing areas of sexual function predicted to be important after treatment and what other urologists need to know about when caring for gay and bisexual patients with prostate cancer. 

In this video, Channa Amarasekera, MD, talks about his recent study examining urologists’ knowledge and attitudes toward patients in sexual minorities and how the Northwestern Medicine Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urology Program is working to reduce these disparities and improve gay and bisexual men’s urologic health.

Channa Amarasekera, MD, discusses his research on the impact of sexual orientation on treatment decision-making and perceptions of sexual side effects from prostate cancer. Watch to learn more.

 Research

Dr. Amarasekera’s research focuses on health outcomes in urology for men who have sex with men. His current research interests focus on identifying and addressing urologic healthcare disparities faced by members of sexual minorities.

Selected Publications

A Pilot Study Assessing Aspects of Sexual Function Predicted to Be Important After Treatment for Prostate Cancer in Gay Men: An Underserved Domain Highlighted. Amarasekera C, Wong V, Jackson K, Yura E, Patel M, Manjunath A, Kundu S. LGBT Health. 2020 Jul; 7(5): 271-276.

Prostate cancer in sexual minorities and the influence of HIV status. Amarasekera C, Wong V, Yura E, Manjunath A, Schaeffer E, Kundu S. Nat Rev Urol. 2019 Jul; 16(7): 404-421.

 Patient Care

With care and resources tailored to the needs of gay and bisexual men, we provide an inclusive environment where sexual orientation and sexual health can be openly and comfortably discussed with providers. These are key factors in the treatment decision-making process; our healthcare team works to understand what is important to patients and respects these priorities when suggesting treatment options.

Specialty Director

Channa Amarasekera, MD | Northwestern Medicine  

Channa A Amarasekera, MD
Director of the Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urology Program
Assistant Professor

 

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