The GAy MEn Sex StudieS : Erectile Dysfunction Amon Belgian Gay Men

Johan Vansintejan, Dirk Devroey, Jan Vandevoorde, Jason Roberts (Editor)

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Objective: to determine the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in a sample of the Belgian men who have sex with men (MSM)-population, and to assess the relevance of major predictors such as age, relationship and education. Finally, we investigated the use of PDE5 inhibitors among Belgian MSM.

Methods: An internet-based survey on sexual behaviour and sexual dysfunctions, called GAy MEn Sex StudieS (GAMESSS), was administered to MSM, aged 18 years or older, between the months of April and December 2008. The questionnaire used was a compilation of the Kinsey scale for sexual orientation, Erection Quality Scale (EQS) and the shortened version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5). The analytic sample comprised 1752 Belgian MSM aged 18 years or older.

Results: Of the 1752 participants, 45 % indicated having some problems getting an erection. In these group of MSM, 71 % reported mild ED; 22 % reported mild to moderate ED; 6 % reported moderate ED and 2 % had severe ED. Independent predictors for the presence of ED were: age (OR= 1.04, 95% CI 1.03 - 1.05, p
Conclusion: Forty-five persent of participating Belgian MSM reported some degree of ED. ED may have a negative impact on the self image and can cause frustration and anxiety for future sexual relationships.

Keywords: Homosexuality, Internet, sexual behavior, erectile dysfunction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-395
Number of pages1
JournalThe Journal of Sexual Medicine
Issue numbersupplement 5 - december 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

Bibliographical note

Jason Roberts


  • homosexuality
  • internet
  • sexual behavior
  • erectile dysfunction


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