Gay lesbian and bisexual youth

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Health Care Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: A Literature Review

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents, like all adolescents who engage in high-risk sexual behaviors, are at elevated risk for acquiring sexually transmitted infections STIs. Personal sexual risk factors and issues related to access to care complicate the lives of youth who engage in same-gender sexual activity and who may or may not self-identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Whereas epidemiologic rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis generally have trended downward in adolescents as a whole during the past 15 years, rates for these common reportable bacterial STIs have increased overall during recent years among men who have sex with men. This article focuses on bacterial STIs in youth with same-gender sexual activity. An understanding of trends among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth remains incomplete, given the absence of consistent and uniform mechanisms for collecting data on sexual behaviors in adolescents and difficulties in associating these behaviors with reportable STIs.
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Gay Affirmative Practice: A Model for Social Work Practice with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth

Objective: Health problems of gay, lesbian, and bisexual GLB youth are reported as differing from those of heterosexual youth. Increased depression, suicide, substance use, homelessness, and school dropout have been reported. Most studies of GLB youth use clinical or convenience samples. The authors conducted a community school-based health survey that included an opportunity to self-identify as GLB. Method: An anonymous self-report health care questionnaire was used during a community-based survey in 2 high schools in an upper middle class district.
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Homophobia, stigma negative and usually unfair beliefs , and discrimination unfairly treating a person or group of people against gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men still exist in the United States and can negatively affect the health and well-being of this community. These negative beliefs and actions can affect the physical and mental health of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, whether they seek and are able to get health services, and the quality of the services they may receive. Such barriers to health must be addressed at different levels of society, such as health care settings, work places, and schools to improve the health of gay and bisexual men throughout their lives.
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