Study: Homosexuals Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment / AIDS Rate 50 Times Higher in Homosexual Men

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...

October – May 2007: STDs/STIs

NEW! Abortion Access and Risky Sex Among Teens: Parental Involvement Laws and STDs/STIs New STD Infection Rates “4 times higher among those who used condoms during their last vaginal intercourse”: M. genitalium Surpasses Gonorrhea among Young Adults Reports AJPH Stopping Chlamydia  Syphilis Rate Rises in US Homosexual and Bisexual Men but Declines in General Population FREE Risk Assessment Tool to Help Reduce 19 Million Annual USA STD Cases… Abortion Access and Risky Sex Among Teens: Parental Involvement Laws and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Laws requiring minors to seek parental consent or to notify a parent prior to obtaining an abortion raise the cost of risky sex for teenagers. Assuming choices to engage in risky sex are made rationally, parental involvement laws should lead to less risky sex among teens, either because of a reduction of sexual activity altogether or because teens will be more fastidious in the use of birth control ex ante. Using gonorrhea rates among older women to control for unobserved heterogeneity across states, our results indicate that the enactment of parental involvement laws significantly reduces risky sexual activity among teenage girls. We estimate reductions in gonorrhea rates of 20% for Hispanics and 12% for whites. Although we find a relatively small reduction in rates for black girls, it is not statistically significant. We speculate that the racial heterogeneity has to do with differences in family structure across races.  [Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization Advance Access published online on September 4, 2007 Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, doi:10.1093/jleo/ewm041  Jonathan Klick* Thomas Stratmann** Florida State UniversityGeorge Mason University * College of Law, Florida State University. Email: [email protected] ** Department...