Sexual Health Comparison Between Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Heterosexual

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The Journal of Sex Research published a study by Lisette Kuyper and Ine Vanwesenbeeck in April of 2011 examining the differences in sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual individuals. Once the differences were established, they looked at possible causes for the disparity. The study was done by inviting approximately 14,900 Netherland citizens to complete a survey questionnaire on their sexual health. Those participating would be given “clix” which they could use to purchase products via the internet. The response rate was 28% allowing for a total of 4,174 participants with an average age of 38.20. (Kuyper, and Vanwesenbeeck 263-274) To ensure a significant amount of lesbian, bisexual, and gay persons participated, ads were placed in sexual minority magazines and websites. Participants were divided into either heterosexual, homosexual/lesbian, bisexual, or asexual based on the answer to questions of gender attraction. All asexual participates were then excluded. Results concluded that bi-sexual females and bi- and homosexual males had a higher rate of sexual coercion and need for sexual health care as well as an increased number of sexual partners. This number of sexual partners was concluded to be the key indicator for sexual victimization. However, sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction were found to be the same between lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual individual. Also noted, Dutch culture is tolerant of sexual diversity. Studies in other cultures might give more extreme results. This is due to the possible influence of society on sexual health. Stress related to hiding one’s sexual identity, internal homonegativity, bias and expectations of rejection all possible causes for the increased need for sexual health care. This conclusion can also be drawn from the improved sexual health of sexual minorities that had long-term partners compared to those with many partners. The Huffington post article, “Identifying...
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