Another day, another study.
This time, the CDC set out to break down numbers on sexual orientation and health practices in America. 34,557 adults were surveyed, and differences in health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization, and health care access by sexual orientation were examined for adults aged 18–64, and separately for men and women.
96.6 precent of adults identified as straight, 1.6 percent identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1 percent of adults identified as ‘‘something else,’’ stated ‘‘I don’t know the answer,’’ or refused to provide an answer.
“Major health differences” were found between the more than 3 percent who identify as non-hetero and their straight counterparts. So what are they?
Well, the non-hetero respondents drink and smoke cigarettes at a higher percentage across the board, and a higher percentage of gay/lesbian/bi participants reported experiencing “physiological stress” over the previous 30 days.
In terms of health care utilization, non-heteros got more flu vaccines and HIV tests than heteros, but non-heteros also had a higher rate of avoiding necessary medical procedures due to cost.
You can read the full study here.