A study led by Susan Cochran and her team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry, reports that homosexuals seek treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse at a rate over two times higher than heterosexuals.
The study of 2074 people interviewed in the California Health Interview Survey found that 48.5% of homosexual and bisexual individuals reported receiving psychiatric or drug abuse treatment in the past year as compared to 22.5% of heterosexuals.
When the research results were broken down by gender, the report states that lesbians and bisexual women received the most medical treatment and heterosexual men received the least.
“It is well known that health services utilization is greater among women generally,” Cochran commented. “Here we have shown that minority sexual orientation is also an important consideration. Lesbians and bisexual women appear to be approximately twice as likely as heterosexual women to report having received recent treatment for mental health or substance use disorders.”
Cochran concludes that, “The pervasive and historically rooted societal pathologizing of homosexuality may contribute to this propensity for treatment by construing homosexuality and issues associated with it as mental health problems.”
However, critics of the accepted secular interpretation that mental illness in homosexuals is due to discrimination have pointed out that in countries where homosexuality has been “normalized”, the numbers of homosexuals seeking medical intervention for a wide range of mental and medical conditions including major depression, suicidal ideation and attempts, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse, are virtually the same as reported in the California study.
Homosexuals in the United States and Denmark – the latter country is acknowledged to be highly tolerant of homosexuality – both die on average in their early 50’s, or in their 40’s if AIDS is the cause of death, according to a study by Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron of the Family Research Institute.
An analysis last year of 25 earlier studies on sexual orientation and mental health in the UK revealed that homosexuals are about 50% more likely to suffer from depression and engage in substance abuse than the rest of the population and also found that the risk of suicide jumped over 200% if an individual had engaged in a homosexual lifestyle.
A documentary film produced by British homosexual journalist Simon Fanshawe late last year stated that the “gay” lifestyle is a “sewer” of casual degrading sex, drug abuse and misery.
In the film Fanshawe castigated what he views as a prevalent gay subculture that is focused on vanity, puerile superficiality, and transient pleasure, at the expense of lasting values and meaningful relationships.
The film includes statistics that show the deadly consequences of the homosexual lifestyle.
For instance, one in nine gay men in London is HIV infected and new cases of HIV have doubled in the city in five years.
Incidences of syphilis have increased in the same time period 616 per cent.
“Unsafe” sex, Fanshawe said, is not the only way in which gay men are self destructive.
“If there’s a new drug, gay men will find it and take it,” he stated.
Study: Homosexual Lifestyle Strongly Linked to Depression, Suicide
Study Finds Homosexual Men Much More Likely to Consult Mental-Health Service Providers
Homosexual U.K. Documentarian Says Gay Lifestyle a “Sewer” of Casual Degrading Sex, Drug Abuse and Misery
[18Aug09, T. M. Baklinski, www.LifeSiteNews.com]
AIDS Rate 50 Times Higher in Homosexual Men: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the CDC’s estimate Monday that in the United States AIDS is fifty times more prevalent among men who have sex with men (‘MSM’) than the rest of the population.
Dr. Amy Lansky revealed this statistic during a plenary session at the 2009 HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
The CDC had already revealed last year that approximately 53% of the estimated 56,300 new HIV cases in 2006 were in homosexual men, with the African American population being particularly affected.
The new statistics, however, estimate the prevalence of HIV/AIDS relative to the homosexual population, which allows comparisons to other groups in the wider population. Because of the difficulty of determining the homosexual population, the CDC had to estimate.
Based on a variety of national surveys, they based their statistics on the median estimate that homosexual men constitute 4 percent of the overall male population, reports RH Reality Check.
According to Dr. Lansky, then, based on the 4 percent figure, the CDC estimates that in 2007 there were 692.2 new HIV cases per 100,000 homosexual men – or fifty times more cases than the rest of the population.
While merely an approximation, the CDC’s announcement confirms previous statistics and studies that indicate vastly disproportionate occurrence of sex-related diseases in homosexuals.
According to a February 2007 study, for example, homosexual men with HIV are 90 times more likely to develop anal cancer than the rest of the population.
Earlier this year, as another example, the Centers for Disease Control released a statistical report indicating that homosexual men made up 65 percent of the reported primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2007.
A report from the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2006 revealed that 51 percent of people infected with HIV in the country were homosexual men.
In fact, the statistics on HIV/AIDS led one group, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, to state in 2006 that HIV/AIDS is a “gay disease,” in a billboard ad campaign geared to reducing rates of HIV infection.
While homosexualists have actively suppressed such statistics in the past and focused on portraying HIV/AIDS as a disease affecting the whole population in an equal fashion, the statistics’ increasing undeniability has forced their hand.
Rather than admit any inherent problem with homosexual practice itself, however, the apparent prevalence of disease among practicing homosexuals has led them to switch tactics and use these statistics to urge governments and other organizations to increase support to the homosexual communities.
Asking why it has taken so long for the CDC to make its estimate about the high prevalence of AIDS among homosexual men, homosexual activist Dr. Senterfitt chalked it up to ‘homophobia’.
“Seems clear to me,” he says, “that this was at least an indirect effect of the pervasive homophobia still affecting much of government, public policy, media and societal norms in this country.”
“We must fight for funding and adequate social investment to end HIV/AIDS wherever it continues to persist and thrive,” he argues, “which is almost always where concentrated social injustice also thrives.”
Pro-family advocates, on the other hand, maintain that the prevalence of sex-related diseases among homosexuals is clear evidence of the disorder of homosexual practice.
For example, in a commentary for LifeSiteNews.com published last year, J. Matt Barber stated, “By recently admitting that ‘HIV is a gay disease,’ Matt Foreman, outgoing Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, acknowledged what the medical community has known for decades: the homosexual lifestyle is extremely high-risk and often leads to disease and even death.”
“Gay” Sex Kills
Male Homosexual Sex Fueling Spread of HIV in Asia, Warns World Health Organization
High Occurrence in Africa of HIV among Homosexual Men Study Finds
[24 August 2009, Patrick B. Craine, Atlanta GA, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/aug/09082609.html]