Attending AUA 2016? Come Visit the ISSM!
ESSM-SMSNA to Offer Joint Travel Fellowships
If you're attending the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Diego, please stop by the ISSM booth (#4822) and say hello!
We'll be happy to answer any questions you have about our journals, your membership, or the ISSM itself.
The meeting will be held May 6-10, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.
Hope to see you there!
Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer May Need Targeted Support
The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) are pleased to announce a new program for research fellows.
Under the program, funds from both organizations will support the travel and subsistence of a fellow from North America who will spend three to six months in Europe gaining research experience and skills that will further his or her own research when returning home.
The fellow will receive $5,000 from SMSNA and €5,000 from ESSM.
Please note that the application deadline is May 31, 2016. The application instructions and form, along with the terms and conditions of the fellowship, are available here.
Results are expected to be announced by June or July 2016.
Gay and bisexual (GB) men with prostate cancer may benefit from support designed especially for them, suggests new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study, conducted by a team of Australian and American scientists, involved 124 GB men and 225 heterosexual men. Using validated assessment tools, the researchers learned more about the men's health-related quality of life, psychological distress, sexual function, partner communication, sexual confidence, and self-esteem.
The researchers found that GB men had lower health-related quality of life, lower masculine self-esteem, and more psychological distress than the heterosexual men.
They added that changes in sexual function, which are common in prostate cancer patients, may affect GB men differently from heterosexual men. For example, prostate cancer treatment often leads to erectile dysfunction (ED). Heterosexual men may still be able to penetrate a female partner with a weaker erection. But for GB men who engage in anal sex, a firmer erection is needed. GB men may also need to switch roles during anal sex, which might lessen their satisfaction.
The researchers recommended "targeted support services" that consider the needs of GB men.
Please click here for more details on this study.