A review of the syndemic components of male same-sex intimate partner violence

Matt L. Pimentel


Intimate partner violence is an underreported, stigmatized, and deleterious reality affecting a greater proportion of gay and bisexual men than their heterosexual counterparts. Syndemic theory suggests that many health conditions do not occur in a vacuum, but rather act synergistically, with factors reinforcing each other. Syndemic factors for those who experience male same-sex intimate partner violence (MSSIPV) include depression, sexual compulsivity, substance abuse, childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and HIV infection. This manuscript contains a review of the literature on syndemic factors of MSSIPV that increase negative health outcomes. Acknowledging and understanding the interrelation of these problems is a critical step in developing interventions to address this syndemic in the population of gay men.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v5n1p19

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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