• The Health Risks of Gay Sex JOHN R. DIGGS, JR., M.D.

    The Health Risks of Gay Sex
    JOHN R. DIGGS, JR., M.D.
    "As a physician, it is my duty to assess behaviors for their impact on health and wellbeing. When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition, or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and homosexual sex, it is my duty to discourage it."

    Executive Summary

    Sexual relationships between members of the same sex expose gays, lesbians and bisexuals to extreme risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), physical injuries, mental disorders and even a shortened life span. There are five major distinctions between gay and heterosexual relationships, with specific medical consequences. They are:

    Levels of Promiscuity - because most gay males have multiple partners (e.g., 28% claim 1,000 or more partners, 17% claim 250 to 499 partners), they have greatly increased the likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and other STDs.

    Physical Risks - Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are unknown in the heterosexual populatiton.

    Mental Health - It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians. This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S. Depression and drug abuse are strongly associated with risky sexual practices that lead to serious medical problems.

    Monogamy - meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, especially among gay men, 66% of the men have sex outside of the relationship within the first year, and less than 10% of the relationships lasted 5 years.

    Life Span - Gay men's life expectancy is 20 years less.

    "Backside (opening meant for the elimination of waste is an output body part, not an input body part) sex sounds tempting, but there are some downsides, including the following five sex health risks. From cancers, to bodily damage to dangers of STD’s ...."
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    Sexual relationships between members of the same sex expose gays, lesbians and bisexuals to extreme risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), physical injuries, mental disorders and even a shortened life span. There are five major distinctions between gay and heterosexual relationships, with specific medical consequences. They are:

    Besides being a physical harmful to the body, homosexuals and lesbians present a lifestyle that is destructive to society.

    Man and woman developed for a reason, which was to procreate, and that is main reason marriage is between a man and woman. It is the biological unit. Even if they are old and or are infertile and can't have babies.

    Children are properly raised by a man and a woman.

    Showing gay men and women holding hands and kissing in public like that is normal presents an abnormal image to our children. Children are to young to understand how messed up psychologically gays are.

  • By itself no, but there is too much pride to make it not harmful.

    By itself, it may seem healthy, unfarmful, with no side effects, completely perfect... A little too perfect. Add on to this that homosexuality has no chance of pregnancy and the prideful culture surrounding it, and you've got way too much pride. This leads to risky behavior such as reckless and unprotected sex, and other things. And that's my standpoint on it.

  • If it wasn't wrong, why is there so much shame?

    The statistics are are crazy bad against Homosexuality. 75% of all gay men have STD's (According to the CDC.). World wide the suicide rate is staggering, with more than 17% men and up to 45% transgender attempting suicide. People who are so called tolerant do really care about people who are gay. If they did they would warn they for the dangers of practicing this lifestyle and not celebrate the lifestyle.

  • It's a sin..

    "And don't forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God's judgement" Jude 7, It is not just homosexuality that is wrong it is all sexual misconduct, that includes shacking up, several different partners in a heterosexual, see also Romans 1:18-32, If it continues God's judgement will fall upon the land...

  • It is Indeed

    The lifestyle itself promotes behaviors that are unhealthy in our society. Those living the lifestyle have relationships that don't last as long (18 months to 7 years) as heterosexuals, and the likelihood of contracting an STD is 60 times greater than that of heterosexuals. We also know that gays have higher suicide rates (regardless of regions that are tolerant or intolerant) and a life expectancy 24 years shorter than non-gays. This is a lifestyle that harms a person both physically, emotionally and in their life expectancy and should not be accepted.

  • Of course it is.

    People are ignorant to basic facts of life. Homosexuality is harmful, it is against procreation, and it causes AIDS more than heterosexuality. It has been proven that homosexuals are less likely to be happy and less likely to succeed because of their lifestyles. Nobody is born gay, people become gay because of something that happened to them or they feel insecure.

  • No, it is not.

    Homosexual conduct can not be any more harmful than that of heterosexual conduct. Just because that person, or persons, are interested in those of the same sex does not mean in any way that they are creating harm to themselves or to those around them. That is just silly and old fashion ways of thinking.

  • Only to homophobes.

    I don't understand the reality that some people live in, that what people do in their own home with one another somehow damages the country as a whole. It's not harmful behavior, it's a different lifestyle for people with a different sexual preference. If that's really enough to keep you up at night when you're nowhere near it, seek help.

  • It's not any more harmful and heterosexual activity

    This seems like a loaded question, as if what's being asked is if homosexual conduct is especially dangerous compared to heterosexual conduct. All sexual activity-- whether hetero or homosexual in nature-- has its share of risks. The failure to practice safe sex can lead to serious STDS like chlamydia, syphilis, and AIDs, whether gay or straight. So in that sense, homosexual conduct isn't really "harmful" unless someone who engages in it doesn't take proper precaution.

  • Love is healthy so long as it doesn't hurt, you're of the same species, are of legal age, and aren't related.

    As a pansexual in the 21st century I can understand both sides but I've never thought of the gay community as dangerous. People who do feel this way are blinded by religion and their own fear. Gay people are wonderful people who contribute to society the same as heterosexual idividuals. There's no scientific proof that being gay is dangerous biologically or otherwise.
    I think saying it's wrong or bad is just another way of homophobes and religious fanatics to stay in the 'old way' of thinking and living. They fear change and continue to spout hatred because that's what they're used to thinking and it's what they've been taught. It's a scary thing change and I understand this being a scary issue for a lot of people. However, the world's changing constantly and they'll be a dying breed as more and more people and science are proving them wrong.

  • It's not the orientation homophobes are really against, and they don't know it.

    They link sexual promiscuity, psychiatric disorders and pedophilia to homosexuality because a few studies have shown these behaviors are rife in homosexuals. As a heterosexual supporter of the LGBT community, I was dismayed by such results, had questioned their validity and came to a few realizations.

    A lot of these studies were conducted in the 1990s, when homophobia was still rife, especially the ones that claim homosexuality include pedophilia.
    What the homophobes are against isn't the orientation, even though they claim it to be. They are against promiscuity and child molestation. Why can't just these issues be addressed in the gay community (as well as for those outside the gay community) instead of their sexual orientation? We cannot just take away a person's right to be with their romantic partner just because statistics show they are likely to be promiscuous and psychologically unstable. That is not how you deal with these problems.

    And many of these studies have failed to give reasons as to WHY homosexuals tend to be sexually promiscuous and psychologically unstable. Only correlations are given, not causation. So why should we trust in the validity of these studies? I say the LGBT community has the right to be assimilated into society, treated as equals and given the same treatment given to heterosexuals who are sexually promiscuous and/or psychologically unstable.

  • Homosexual conduct is not harmful.

    Homosexual conduct is not harmful, and in fact, it can be very healthy. Many people have fantasies about homosexual relationships, and it can be healthy to experiment with them. Rather than repressing every sexual thought or desire, people should embrace them and experiment with their sexuality. Sex is natural and it should not be a source of guilt.

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