A gay bathhouse, also known as a gay sauna or a gay steambath, is a commercial space for . Though subject to vice raids, these bathhouses were " oases of homosexual camaraderie" and were, as they remain today, "places where it was.
Summary Public policy regarding bathhouses has been criticized as being based on political expediency rather than on medical or social.
Gay men have been using bathhouses for sex since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the West, a time when homosexual acts were illegal in most.
Gay bathhouses are a public health hazard which is not surprising given what is known about homosexuality and disease. Peter LaBarbera.