Health Risks of Homosexuality
Homosexuality – sexual relations with a member of the same sex – brings with it a set of health risks, which might not be similar to those associated with a heterosexual relationship. Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are in danger of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STD), physical injuries, mental conditions, and even a shortened life. This piece aims to expose the health risks of homosexuality.
There are five distinct medical consequences of homosexuality.
Levels of promiscuity are very high among homosexual males. A 1978 study claimed that 75 per cent of white, gay males had more than one hundred sexual partners and there is evidence to suggest that this figure is still accurate. The medical upshot of these figures means that there is likelihood that homosexuals will develop HIV/AIDS, syphilis or other sexually transmitted diseases. Whilst homosexual females don’t tend to be as promiscuous as males, they are more likely to be so than heterosexual females. Any level of promiscuity obviously increases the risk of acquiring a STD however.
Sexual practices among homosexuals bring about risks of physical injuries, which are unknown in heterosexual relationships. A study in Australia pointed out that lesbians were four times more likely to have sex with men who were a high-risk for HIV than heterosexual women. Acquiring HIV/AIDS will obviously affect your physical well-being.
All over the world, gays, lesbians and bisexuals tend to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, drug abuse or suicide attempts. These mental illnesses often trigger a homosexual to engage in risky sexual practices, which have the potential to cause serious physical injuries.
The average life-span of gay men tends to be a lot shorter than that or heterosexual males. They could lose up to 20 years due to their life-style choice.
So there are some interesting and dangerous medical consequences from engaging in a homosexual relationship. The health risks associated with homosexuality are certainly very real and you should discuss them in more detail with your doctor.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Apr 21, 2011
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