Celebrating Bisexual Health Awareness Month: Breaking Stigma, Promoting Wellness

March marks Bisexual Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the unique health needs and challenges faced by bisexual individuals. As we observe this important month, it's crucial to shine a spotlight on the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes experienced by bisexual people, while also advocating for inclusive and affirming healthcare policies and practices.

Understanding Bisexuality: Bisexuality refers to the capacity for emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction to people of more than one gender. Bisexual individuals make up a significant portion of the LGBTQ+ community, yet they often face invisibility, erasure, and discrimination both within society at large and within LGBTQ+ spaces.

Health Disparities: Bisexual individuals face distinct health disparities compared to their heterosexual and homosexual counterparts. These include:

  1. Mental Health: Research indicates that bisexual individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation compared to heterosexual and homosexual individuals. This can be attributed to minority stress, biphobia, and a lack of social support.

  2. Sexual Health: Bisexual individuals may face unique challenges related to sexual health, including higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to engaging in sexual behavior with partners of multiple genders. However, they are less likely to receive comprehensive sexual health education and access appropriate healthcare services.

  3. Substance Use: Bisexual individuals are more likely to engage in substance use and experience substance use disorders compared to their heterosexual and homosexual peers. This can be linked to coping with minority stress, discrimination, and social isolation.

  4. Healthcare Access: Bisexual individuals often encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services, including discrimination from healthcare providers, lack of culturally competent care, and fear of being outed or misunderstood. This can result in delays in seeking necessary medical care and preventive services.

Promoting Bisexual Health and Wellness: To address these disparities and promote the health and well-being of bisexual individuals, it's essential to take a multi-faceted approach:

  1. Raise Awareness: Educate healthcare providers, policymakers, and the general public about the unique health needs and challenges faced by bisexual individuals. Challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about bisexuality and advocate for inclusive healthcare policies and practices.

  2. Provide Culturally Competent Care: Healthcare providers should receive training on providing culturally competent care to bisexual patients, including understanding the impact of biphobia, addressing sexual health concerns, and creating a welcoming and affirming healthcare environment.

  3. Support Mental Health: Increase access to mental health resources and support services tailored to the needs of bisexual individuals. This includes providing counseling, support groups, and online resources that address issues such as coming out, minority stress, and building resilience.

  4. Enhance Sexual Health Education: Ensure that sexual health education programs are inclusive of bisexuality and provide accurate information about safer sex practices, STI prevention, and sexual health screening for individuals of all sexual orientations.

  5. Foster Community Connections: Create safe and supportive spaces for bisexual individuals to connect with peers, access resources, and build community. This can include LGBTQ+ community centers, online support groups, and social events that celebrate bisexuality and diverse identities.

Bisexual Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing the unique health needs and challenges faced by bisexual individuals. By raising awareness, promoting inclusivity, and advocating for equitable healthcare access and outcomes, we can work towards a future where all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, can live healthy, fulfilling lives. Let's commit to breaking stigma, promoting wellness, and fostering a healthcare system that affirms and supports the diverse needs of bisexual people everywhere.


Sexy Suzie is a sex education professional with over 20 years experience in the sexual wellness field.  No content posted herein should be construed as medical advice.