When you hear the word “STD,” AIDS may first appear in your mind. It should be. HIV remains a major public health crisis: according to the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), the United States has 1.2 million people infected with HIV diagnosis of about 40000 people in 2015 alone. The human rights campaign reports that AIDS has disproportionately affected LGBTQ communities, with 55 percent of those living with HIV being gay and bisexual men (2013). The study found that some transgender women were 49 times more likely to be infected with HIV.
The impact of this epidemic is beyond health. Discrimination not only makes the LGBTQ community particularly vulnerable to HIV, but correlation can lead to certain beliefs about causality. The stigma of LGBTQ community and STD/sexually transmitted infections is real and may lead to greater discrimination and prevent the detection or treatment of LGBTQ patients. According to the commission on human rights, “the spread of AIDS virus LGBTQ bias further hampered, makes many people in our community can’t get HIV testing or treatment, for fear of harassment.”
From a statistical point of view, LGBTQ people have far less sexual security than the direct ones
“African-American gay men in my life have 50% is expected to be infected with HIV, it is deeply disturbing, but it is all our people to improve their own horn”, director Dr. Jonathan mermin, the U.S. centers for disease control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD and TB prevention center, told the New York times last month. “What we’ve been trying to do is make sure that we have the greatest impact on the resources that we provide.”
A sign of these efforts are working: unified LGBTQ people than the speaker is safer sex, they are quickly learn how to talk with their sexual partner’s sexual health and protection. Esquire.com, with the help of a third-party research company, conducted a study of 1,000 readers, including sexual habits and behaviors. The results showed that members of the LGBTQ community were more safe than heterosexual people in preventive measures and sexually transmitted infections/sexually transmitted diseases. People with LGBTQ are more likely to use protective measures, more likely to share information about their sexually transmitted infections with their partners, and more likely to use this information when making sexual selection.
Safer sex doesn’t mean less sex
The survey found that 54 per cent of heterosexual people had never taken measures to prevent STDS and sexually transmitted diseases, compared with 32 per cent of gay people. About 30 percent of LGBTQ people reported always using protective measures, compared with 22 percent who were directly protective. The study also showed that safe sex does not mean less sex. Sixty-one percent of LGBTQ people had 15 or more sexual partners, and 25 percent were straight. Gay people have 1 to 3 partners in the proportion of the same, compared with 11% for LGBTQ people, so it seems LGBTQ people seem to be on safe sex, direct people to explore, at the same time.
The medical community has also noticed this trend. Dr David Goldstein, of Kramer OBGYN and Associates, said: “based on my experience, members of LGBTQ communities are more likely to use barrier protection than heterosexuals. “This is likely to be the result of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980 s, the very serious blow the patient, it is in this period, the necessity of protective transmitted infections has been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.
But barrier protection may not be enough. After all, condoms can be broken, so STD patients and sexually transmitted infections should be safe to talk openly about their situation. Not all. Although 110 million people in the United States at any given time venereal, and half of the population of the United States at the age of 25 with sexually transmitted diseases (according to the centers for disease control and prevention), public discussion, not everyone and their partners, or because of shame, or because they don’t know their sexually transmitted infection status. In fact, Esquire’s survey found that only 11 percent of immediate family members experienced partners telling them to check STD or STI, and 10 percent told their partner to check. The proportion of LGBTQ population was 32% and 27% respectively. It is important to point out that, more and more heterosexual partner with them to discuss the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, because they are statistically unlikely to suffer from sexually transmitted diseases – centers for disease control and prevention reports, for example, 76% of people living with HIV are men, 69% of men are considered as the LGBTQ. Either way, a protective and honest communication is the key to a healthy and satisfying sex life.