Reasons for Abstinence

Adverse Health Effects of Homosexual Behavior: Reports

The American Journal of Public Health Highlights Risks of Homosexual Practices
by A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., (June 2003, Vol.93, No. 6)
http://www.narth.com/docs/risks.html

"Suicidality and Sexual Orientation: Differences Between Men and Women in a General Population-Based Sample From The Netherlands", 17Oct06, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior (June 2006) found that even in gay-tolerant cultures, suicidality rates are higher among gays than among heterosexual males. http://www.narth.com/docs/netherlands.html

The Health Risks of Gay Sex, by internist John R. Diggs, Jr., M.D. (Note: this is a 19 page downloadable PDF file from the web site of the Corporate Resource Council – www.corporateresourcecouncil.org/white_papers/Health_Risks.pdf)

Why Isn't Homosexuality Considered A Disorder On The Basis Of Its Medical Consequences? By Kathleen Melonakos, M.A., R.N.
http://www.narth.com/docs/consequences.html

Studies on Homosexuality and Mental Health
http://www.narth.com/docs/recent.html

Research Studies and Journal Articles of Interest
http://www.narth.com/docs/studiesofinterest.html

Sexually Transmitted Depression – The New STD?, Warren Throckmorton, PhD,
November 29, 2005
http://www.drthrockmorton.com/article.asp?id=173

Scientists Find Emotional Experiences Deeply Embedded In Brain Structures
Researchers Florin Dolcos, Kevin LaBar, and Roberto Cabeza have recently published the results of a study comparing how the brain processes traumatic experiences or memories of a first love more deeply in the brain than other memories.
The scientists are on the faculty of the Center for Cognitive Neurosciences, and their research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
The researchers began with what they called the "modulation hypothesis," which holds that the brain's emotional and memory centers interact to form emotional memories–and in the case of emotionally powerful events, may then form what they call an "indelible emotional resonance."
These "emotional memories," note the researchers, are more strongly encoded in the brain than emotionally "neutral memories." According to Dolcos, "We found evidence that the interaction between the emotional and memory regions occurred more systematically and consistently during the formation of emotional memories than during the formation of neutral memories."
According to Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, president of NARTH, "A high proportion of homosexually oriented men report early sexual experiences. For men who later seek counseling to be freed of unwanted same-sex attraction, emotional memories of the event have been fixed in the networks of the brain in a way that can make healing through counseling particularly difficult. This new evidence of the power of emotional memories is confirmation of why these feelings retain such compelling power."
[June 2004, ScienceDaily.com from Duke University has more details on this latest brain research.
http://www.narth.com/docs/embedded.html, June 15, 2004 – Updated: 19 September 2004]

Researchers Doubt Vaccine For HIV Will Ever Be Found
A Harvard researcher who has spent two decades searching for a vaccine for HIV, says it may never be found.
Researcher Ronald Desrosiers says: 'It would be the greatest good we could do for mankind, and we should try like hell." But, he acknowledges, "It's seriously questionable whether there will ever be an effective vaccine for HIV." His comments were published in a feature of Newhouse News Service by George Jordan.

Emilio Emini, with the drugmaker Wyeth agrees. He says: "…it is very difficult to conceive how one will make a vaccine" to protect against HIV.

According to Jordan, the AIDS virus is different than others. It targets T-cells, turning them into virus-producing factories that can create more than one million copies a day. The outer shell of the virus renders antibodies ineffective by cloaking the molecular sites where they can attach.

In addition, HIV is a retrovirus, which means it can hibernate for years before becoming active in the body. As Emini says: "It's a very clever piece of engineering. Once you get the infection, it does not go away."

Since 1981, HIV/AIDS has infected 65 million people and killed 25 million. The U.S. sees an average of 40,000 new infections yearly. [Finding AIDS Vaccine May Be A Lost Cause http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/jordan071906.html; http://www.narth.com/docs/vaccine.html, Updated: 20 July 2006]