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Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

The number of teens identifying as nonheterosexual increased by more than 41% from 2015 to 2019, researchers say.

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HIV Rates Fall Among Gay White Americans, But Not Minorities

Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not see that advance, health officials say.

The continuing inequities show up in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2010 to 2019, the number of new HIV inf...

As Countries Become More Tolerant, Suicides Among Gay Men Decline

A new study confirms that when a country is more accepting of people who are LGBTQ, fewer gay or bisexual men take their own lives.

In a new study, researchers compared life in a country where LGBTQ folks encounter strong stigma with that in a country where stigma against them is low. The upshot: The risk of depression and suicide dropped significantly when gay men moved to a more toleran...

Testosterone Levels Matter for Men's, Women's Sex Lives

What launches guys on serial sexual conquests and prompts solo activity among women?

It's testosterone, of course.

As the primary male sex hormone, it plays a leading role in the sexual development of guys. But folks often overlook the role it plays in female sexuality. Yes, women have testosterone, too, though much less of it — and it exerts a far different pull,

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  • LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

    Kids who are gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality may be vulnerable to contemplating suicide at a tender age, a new U.S. government study finds.

    It has long been known that teenagers who are part of sexual minorities have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, compared to their heterosexual peers. That includes kids who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or...

    Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

    When the antiretroviral regimen known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, was launched nearly a decade ago, patients were suddenly able to achieve near-complete protection against contracting HIV by taking just one pill a day.

    But there's a big hitch: Not everyone is equally diligent about sticking to that once-a-day daily pill regimen, and when doses are missed PrEP's protective shield...

    A Second 'Closet' for Some LGBTQ Seniors Entering Nursing Homes

    The Stonewall generation is entering old age, and a new study finds many LGBTQ+ seniors are fearful that the prejudices of staff and fellow residents at nursing homes could leave them vulnerable to continued misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination.

    In fact, "LGBTQ+ elders often feel the need to go back into the closet because of these genuine fears" of being mistreated, said Tim Johns...

    When It Comes to Bullying of LGBTQ Teens, Local Politics Matters

    Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ suffer more bullying at their schools when they live in areas with politically conservative voting records, a new study finds.

    School boards should do more to implement policies that go beyond minimum protections for LGBTQ+ youth, regardless of political affiliation, the researchers suggested.

    "To my knowledge, nobody has really looked at this connectio...

    Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

    More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show.

    Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified as "non-heterosexual" rose from 8.3% to 11.7%, according to nationwide surveys by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Although our analyses demonstrated that t...

    In One U.S. School District, Nearly 10% of Students Identify as 'Gender-Diverse'

    Teens may be much more diverse in their gender identities than widely thought, a new study suggests.

    In a survey of nearly 3,200 high school students in one U.S. school district, researchers found that almost 10% were "gender-diverse." That meant they identified as a gender other than the sex on their birth certificate.

    Often, those kids identified as transgender, but many considere...

    Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

    Gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female, a new study of more than 4,400 teens has found.

    "Transgender youths reported the highest rates of all forms of peer victimization, which were double to nearly triple those of males and up to 2.6 times higher than those of females," said researcher Rachel Garthe, a soci...

    New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

    Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality -- being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

    In a survey of nearly 2,400 adults, researchers found that those with autism were three to nine times more likely to identify as homosexual, asexual or "other."

    Among men, those with autism were over three times ...

    Disappointment and Hope From Two HIV Prevention Trials

    An antibody infusion being tested for preventing HIV does not seem to thwart most infections -- but its success against certain strains of the virus suggests researchers are on the right track.

    That's the takeaway from a clinical trial that put the antibody, called VRC01, to the test in 2,700 people at high risk of contracting HIV.

    Researchers found that infusions of the antibody ev...

    Survey Shows Which Americans Love Sports the Most

    A lot of people will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, but not everyone will be equally excited about it.

    A new study that considered the influence of gender and sexuality on sports fandom found that though 9 of 10 Americans say they enjoy sports at least a little, heterosexual men most commonly identify as passionate fans.

    In the study, about 60% of heterosexual men reported ...

    Gay, Lesbian Adults Often Miss Out on Cholesterol Meds

    Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults are less likely to take cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease than heterosexual adults, even though they have a higher heart disease risk, according to a new study.

    Researchers conducted an online survey of more than 1,500 Facebook users, aged 40 and older, and found that nearly one-third were taking statins.

    Of the 12% of resp...

    Allowing More Gay Men to Donate Corneas Could Save Sight for Thousands: Study

    U.S. and Canadian restrictions on cornea donations from gay and bisexual men prevent thousands of vision-restoring transplants and need to be changed, researchers say.

    A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans men from donating if they have had gay sex in the past five years; Canada has a 12-month restriction.

    The sa...

    Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines?

    Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

    After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusively heterosexual have a notably higher migraine risk.

    "Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals were 58% more ...

    Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

    As many as 40% of LGBTQ youth and more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth contemplated taking their life in the past year, according to a new report.

    Also, one in three LGBTQ youth said they had been threatened or harmed because of their sexual identity, researchers from the nonprofit Trevor Project found in their 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health.

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    Coronavirus Ups Anxiety, Depression in the LGBTQ Community

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety and depression are striking many in the LGBTQ+ community for the first time, researchers say.

    "What I was hearing at the beginning of the pandemic was that people who were already anxious were more anxious than ever, and we didn't find that," said researcher Annesa Flentje, an assistant professor in the University of California, San ...

    AHA NEWS: COVID-19 Adds To Challenges For LGBTQ Youth

    Even before the pandemic, LGBTQ youth faced unique health challenges. Now, social isolation is heightening concerns about protecting their mental well-being.

    Isolation, and the way it cuts off youth from life-affirming social connections, could have serious implications, warned a report from the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

    Older Gays, Lesbians at Higher Odds for Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

    Alcohol and drug use is more common among older adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than among their straight counterparts, a new study finds.

    For the study, New York University (NYU) researchers analyzed 25,880 responses from adults aged 50 and older who participated in a nationwide survey on alcohol and drug use between 2015 and 2017. Of the participants, 2.5% identi...

    Too Often, Bullying Has Lethal Consequences for LGBT Teens

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) youth who die by suicide are five times more likely to have been bullied than their straight counterparts.

    The finding stems from a review of nearly 10,000 U.S. death records for 2003 to 2017. All of the youth were between 10 and 19 years of age when they took their own lives.

    While LGBTQ youth are more likely to be bulli...

    Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

    Lesbian, gay and bisexual members in the U.S. military are at higher risk for sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking, a new study reports.

    And that sexual victimization can trigger mental health problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and suicidal behavior, researchers say.

    They surveyed 544 active-duty U.S. service members, includi...

    Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Blood Donor Restrictions Eased for Gays

    America is in urgent need of blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will relax donor restrictions placed on gay and bisexual men and others.

    Specifically, the FDA has changed the abstinence period required for gay and bisexual blood donors from 12 months to 3 months.

    "We know that reducing the deferral peri...

    Friends Matter for LGBT Health

    Having a large social network of other people with the same sexual identity benefits the health of LGBT people, a new study finds.

    Previous studies have found that discrimination and related stress can be harmful to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, so researchers decided to look at social factors that may reduce that harm.

    The investigators...

    Gay, Lesbian Teens at High Odds for Physical, Sexual Abuse

    Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are far more likely than their straight peers to suffer physical and/or sexual violence, new research warns.

    The warning stems from surveys of nearly 29,000 teens, aged 14 to 18, conducted in 2015 and 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Overall, LGBQ teens (lesbian, gay, bisexual and teens who are questioning their se...

    Med Schools  More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

    Race, gender and sexual orientation are tied to mistreatment of medical school students by faculty, physicians and fellow students, according to a new report.

    For the study, Yale University researchers analyzed more than 27,500 surveys of students at 140 accredited medical schools in the United States.

    The researchers found that women, Asians, under-represented minorities, a...

    Gay Men Underestimate Their Risks From HPV

    Young men who have sex with other men don't fully grasp their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, due to a lack of information from health care providers, researchers say.

    Interviews with men in their early 20s who are gay, bisexual or who identify as straight but have sex with men found that they knew little about HPV, including how it is transmitted, its symptoms and how ...

    Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

    Gay and bisexual men in the United States have higher skin cancer rates than heterosexual men, while bisexual women have lower rates than heterosexual women, according to a new study.

    Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed data culled from national surveys conducted from 2014 to 2018 and found that skin cancer rates were 8.1% among gay men, 8.4% among...

    Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

    Suicidal behavior is declining among U.S. teenagers who identify as LGBT, but the problem remains pervasive.

    That's the conclusion of two new studies that tracked trends among U.S. teenagers over the past couple of decades. Over the years, more kids have been identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) -- and their likelihood of reporting suicidal thoughts and behavior...

    Drug-Resistant Dysentery Emerging Among Gay Men

    Australian researchers are sounding the alarm over cases of a highly infectious intestinal illness that appear to be resistant to all forms of standard oral antibiotic treatment.

    The disease is called shigellosis, a form of dysentery. So far, most cases have involved gay and bisexual men in the Australian state of Victoria, the researchers said.

    "Shigellosis is an acute diar...

    Depression Rates Not Budging for Lesbian and Gay Teens

    While fewer straight teens suffer depression than did two decades ago, the same cannot be said for lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.

    For those teens, depression risk remains much higher than among their straight peers, new research shows, and it is not following a similar downward trend.

    Each year between 1999 and 2017, Massachusetts-based teens reported on struggles w...

    There Is No 'Gay Gene,' Major Study Concludes

    There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue.

    Instead, a person's attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influences, similar to what's seen in most other human traits, researchers report.

    "This is a natural and normal pa...

    Doctors Come Out Against Gay Conversion Therapy

    So-called "conversion therapy" can trigger depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thoughts and attempts, and it should be banished in the United States, medical experts say in a new report.

    Conversion therapy is used in an attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, most typically to turn someone who is gay into a "...

    Many Lesbian, Gay Teens Still Face Rejection by Parents

    Many parents of lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) children take years to adjust after learning about their sexual orientation, a new study finds.

    The study included more than 1,200 parents of LGB youth aged 10 to 25. The parents visited a website with LGB resources and were asked to complete a questionnaire.

    Of those parents, 26% had learned that their child identified as L...

    AHA News: For LGBTQ Patients, Discrimination Can Become Barrier to Medical Care

    In recent years, medical experts have been awakening to the specialized needs of LGBTQ people. But one of the most significant barriers to their care can sometimes be right in their doctor's office.

    Jamison Green knows this firsthand.

    "One of the worst things is actually just anticipating having to explain yourself," said Green, 70, who began his medical transition from fe...

    Lesbian, Gay Youth at Higher Risk for Self-Harm

    An alarming number of teens practice self-harm, but lesbian, gay and bisexual teens may be more than twice as likely as their straight peers to cut, hit or bruise themselves, new research warns.

    While between 10% and 20% of heterosexual teens engaged in these dangerous behaviors, 38% to 53% of lesbian, gay and bisexual teens did, the study found.

    "Rates of no...

    Political Controversies Could Fuel Bullying of LGBT Youth: Study

    Heated political debate about the rights of marginalized groups might trigger increases in bullying, a new study says.

    It found that homophobic bullying at California schools peaked before a statewide referendum to ban gay marriage (Proposition 8), but declined after public debate about the proposition fell off.

    Researchers analyzed yearly survey data gathered between 2001 ...

    HIV Meds Cut Transmission Risk to Zero, Even Without Condoms: Study

    Even if they never use a condom during sex, gay men whose HIV is undetectable due to ongoing antiretroviral treatment cannot infect their male partner, new research reveals.

    "Whether men who are in monogamous relationships in these circumstances chose to use or not to use condoms is up to them, but there is no need to do so to prevent HIV transmission to the negative partner," said the ...

    Marriage Law Boosted Same-Sex Couples' Well-Being

    Same-sex couples benefited emotionally from the U.S. Supreme Court's federal recognition of gay marriage, researchers say.

    The 2015 decision recognizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation reduced mental distress and improved life satisfaction among gay and lesbian couples, University of Illinois researchers found.

    For the study, the investigators analyzed survey data ga...

    Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs

    Most cancer specialists are comfortable treating LGBTQ patients, but many aren't confident in their knowledge about these patients' specific health needs, a new survey finds.

    "Cancer care within the LGBTQ community is a largely ignored public health issue," said Gwendolyn Quinn, a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Population Health at NYU Langone Health in ...

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