Would you discourage a guy you liked from having sex, if you knew it was risky?

by Rachel on April 21, 2011

There are far more risks involved in gay male sex, than any other groupings.

The list of diseases found with extraordinary frequency among male homosexual practitioners as a result of anal intercourse is alarming:

Anal Cancer
Chlamydia trachomatis
Cryptosporidium
Giardia lamblia
Herpes simplex virus
Human immunodeficiency virus
Human papilloma virus
Isospora belli
Microsporidia
Gonorrhea
Viral hepatitis types B & C
Syphilis25

It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians. This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S. Depression and drug abuse are strongly associated with risky sexual practices that lead to serious medical problems.

Life Span
The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy.

Monogamy
Monogamy, meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, particularly among gay men. One study reported that 66 percent of gay couples reported sex outside the relationship within the first year, and nearly 90 percent if the relationship lasted five years.

Encouraging people to engage in risky sexual behavior undermines good health and can result in a shortened life span. Yet that is exactly what employers and governmental entities are doing when they grant GLB couples benefits or status that make GLB relationships appear more socially acceptable.

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Reush April 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

The reason diseases spread is mostly through ignorance on the subject. And for the record, unsafe sex of any kind is dangerous, whether you are gay or straight. Saying something is -more- dangerous is pointless.

While I’d like to see your source for the Netherlands study, as it’s quite common for a discriminated group to have higher rates of psychiatric illness. In fact, gay teen youth suicide rates are four times higher than straight teen youth suicides due to homophobia.

I like how your third claim discredited itself: The ONLY study showed that. There are elderly gay couples who have been out of the closet for years, and they’re perfectly healthy.

As for your monogamy claim, I’d still like to see an UPDATED source. We’re no more promiscuous than straight people.

Yes, encouraging people to engage in risky sexual behavior is dangerous; duh. But risky behavior is mostly brought on my ignorance and prejudice. Being gay doesn’t automatically make you promiscuous, or diseased, or say you’re going to die before you turn 50. If we were to educate people on the risks in unsafe sex and on acceptance of homosexuality, it would definitely improve the lives of many Americans. But no. You want to keep information like that hidden and rejected. A child who discovers he/she’s gay will be too afraid to seek medical help out of fear of being stigmatized.

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