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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).

- Male homosexuals are about 1,000 times more likely to acquire AIDS than the general population (National Center for Infectious Diseases, 1992).

- Sixty-four percent of gay men say they have had gonorrhea, syphilis, or both (American Journal of Epidemiology, 1992), and male homosexuals (less than 1 percent of the population) account for 50 percent of the syphilis cases in this country (Atlantic Monthly, January 1988).

- The hepatitis A virus is carried by some 40 percent of homosexual men, and hepatitis B by at least 65 percent (The Medical Clinics of North America, 1986).

Behavioral and mental disorders are likewise widespread in the gay community. Among the evidence is the following:

- A study of 823 homosexual men in Los Angeles found that, during a two- month period, 56 percent had at least three alcoholic beverages daily, 45 percent had smoked at least two cigarettes per day, 50 percent had smoked marijuana, 26 percent had taken cocaine, and 32 percent had sniffed nitrite inhalants (Archives of Internal Medicine, December 1989).

- Thirty-five percent of male homosexuals and 31 percent of lesbians had seriously considered or attempted suicide (Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women, Simon & Schuster, 1978).

- Between 22 and 37 percent of gay men engage in painful or violent sex and 4 percent admit to enjoying eating the feces of sexual partners. Twenty-three percent had sex with boys (The Gay Report, Summit, 1979).

- Forty percent of male homosexual subjects had a history of major depressive disorder (Archives of General Psychiatry, February 1991; Comprehensive Psychiatry, May/June 1993).

----The Editor
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