The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3360.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 9

Abstract #59520

Risk comparison among LGBTQ adolescents who report sex with same-gender versus both-gender partners

Martha W. Moon, RN, PhD, MPH1, Katherine Fornili, MPH, RN, CARN2, and Amanda O'Briant, RN1. (1) School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, PO Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298-0567, 804-828-1336,, (2) Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, PO Box 1797, Richmond, VA 23218-1797

Objectives: To describe risk behavior and attitudes among youth attending support groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth in a mid-sized urban area in Virginia, with particular attention to the heterogeneity of sexual behavior and its relationship to risk. Methods: Interviewers administered anonymous surveys to 104 youths between the ages of 14 and 21 attending support groups for LGBTQ youth. The survey included questions regarding demographics, alcohol and other drug use history, sexual behavior, condom attitudes and use, beliefs about HIV and vulnerability to HIV, social affiliation and support, and experience with violence. Results: Significant differences were seen between males and females, and between those who reported sexual partners of both genders and those who reported only same gender partners, in attitudes and beliefs, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior, and experiences with violence. In particular, those reporting sexual partners of both genders are significantly more likely to be less educated, to have run away from home, to have been removed by authorities from their homes, to report more drug use, to report drug use by adults in their homes while growing up, to have fewer friends whom they trust and on whom they can count, and to feel less worthy to be alive than those reporting only same-sex partners. They were also more likely to report experiences of violence including attempting suicide and sexual abuse. Descriptive and significant findings will be presented and discussed, as well as implications for practice and further research.

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Topics in LGBT Health - III

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA