Homosexuality and Health

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Homosexuality and Health


Little is heard today about the devastating health effects of homosexual promiscuity. A panoply of diseases--not only the well-publicized AIDS but lesser-known scourges such as hepatitis A, B, and C; herpes; cytomegalovirus; gay bowel syndrome; amoebiasis; anal warts and anal cancer; shigellosis; chlamydia; gonorrhea; and syphilis--serve to truncate the average gay's life expectancy to roughly 50 years. And these pestilences not only shorten lives but sharply erode quality of life.

Behavioral disorders and mental illnesses are far more prevalent among homosexuals than their heterosexual counterparts. High rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, "spousal" abuse, depression, and suicide all militate against living to old age.

Gay sex is of particular concern because among homosexuals, unlike among heterosexuals, promiscuity is more the rule than the exception. For example, the December 1989 Archives of Internal Medicine refers to a Los Angeles report's finding that gay males averaged over 20 sex partners annually. Some studies show that those in supposedly "steady" relationships are even more promiscuous, engaging in dozens of trysts a year outside the relationship.

A 1998 study that appeared in Psychological Reports used four databases to investigate the life spans of gays versus heterosexuals. It concluded that the homosexual lifestyle sliced 20 to 30 years from practitioners' life expectancy. Supporting this was a 1994 obituary investigation, which determined that the median age of death for gay males was 42 and for lesbians 49. It ran in the Omega Journal of Death and Dying.

Medical statistics show the gay community to be virtually awash in pathogens:

- Intestinal parasites, such as worms, flukes, and amoebas, infect 59 percent of homosexual men (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1984).

- Anal warts, which often lead to anal cancer, affect 30--40 percent of gay men, and 65 percent of the latter are infected by the human papilloma virus that causes the warts (New England Journal of Medicine, 1987). …

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