With care and resources tailored to the needs of these patients, we provide an inclusive environment where sexual orientation and sexual health can be openly and comfortably discussed with providers. These are key factors in the treatment decision-making process; our healthcare team works to understand what is important to patients and respects these priorities when suggesting treatment options.
This program is appropriate for all gay and bisexual patients who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and who identify as male or are gender-nonconforming or gender-nonbinary. Please note that the healthcare needs of transgender patients are best met through the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways program.
Common Urologic Conditions
Like all men, gay and bisexual men can experience issues affecting their urologic health. Some common urologic problems include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate) causing difficulty with urination
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney stones
- Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature)
- Low testosterone
- Testicular pain
While the problems affecting gay and bisexual men are similar to those that impact heterosexual cis-men, these patients often benefit from different approaches to care.
Trust Leads to Better Care
Good urologic health is essential to men’s contentment, comfort and sense of self-worth. While some men may be in monogamous relationships, others may be in open and non-traditional relationships, or single but sexually active.
For gay and bisexual men, talking about sexual health and habits, even with a healthcare provider, can be difficult. We aim to create a supportive environment for all men, regardless of sexual orientation, where patients can feel comfortable speaking about their sexual and urologic health.
Our providers foster relationships with patients that are grounded in trust. This allows us to develop care plans tailored to the specific needs and treatment goals of each patient. We aim to help patients lead happier, healthier lives under the highest standards of medical care.
Confidential Care Through Telehealth
Some patients may feel more comfortable or find it more convenient to connect with a physician by phone or video conference. Now, you have convenient access to urologic care through telehealth. (Note that not all visits can be conducted virtually. Availability will depend on the type of care you need.)
If you would like to schedule a telehealth appointment, call our office or request an appointment through your MyNM account.
Learn more about telehealth at Northwestern Medicine.
Channa Amarasekera, MD
Primary Specialty: Urology
About Channa Amarasekera, MD
Dr. Amarasekera is a pioneer in the research of health outcomes in urology for men who have sex with men. He has developed a framework for how to optimize treatment for prostate cancer among this patient population.
His current research interests focus on identifying and addressing urologic healthcare disparities faced by members of sexual minorities. To complement his clinical and research work in this field, Dr. Amarasekera is committed to educating clinicians, residents and medical students on culturally appropriate care for patients from sexual minorities.
Dr. Amarasekera earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a fellowship in sexual medicine and reconstructive urology at Rush University Medical Center.