Impact of Peyronie’s disease in MSM population

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“So, we see that in [the] men who have sex with men population, they have a greater mental health burden from this disease as they report having a more negative experience with a urologist,” says Thairo Pereira, MD.

In this video, Thairo Pereira, MD, highlights notable findings from the study “Peyronie's Disease Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Perceptions, Characteristics, and Psychosocial factors,” which was presented at the 24th Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America in San Diego, California. Pereira is an andrology fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The most common symptoms experienced by men [were] were shortening or narrowing [among] 79% of the patients, followed by ED in 62% of the patients, difficulty with sexual intercourse in 47% of patients, and pain with erections in 38% of them. This was very similar between [men who have sex with men] MSM and non-MSM populations. 81% of the non-MSM males and 85% of the men who have sex with men stated that PD negatively impacted their mental health, which is very important. We also assessed the partner satisfaction and revealed that women express a more significant disapproval of PD than the male partners. Also, [of the] 84% of the men who reported seeing a urologist, only 30% see 1 urologist regularly.

60% of men who have sex with men reported a previous negative experience with a urologist, and 54% of non-MSM reported a negative experience with a urologist. 65% reported that their PD has been stable since we started assessing them. So, we see that in [the] men who have sex with men population, they have a greater mental health burden from this disease as they report having a more negative experience with a urologist. This may be due to the bias and potentially discrimination that many men who have sex with men and other LGBTQ populations report receiving from health care, and this is an area that we can focus educating other urologists on.

This transcription has been edited for clarity.

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