Sex and health: The cost of cutting – Harvard Health Blog

September 23, 2019, is the 20th anniversary of Visiting Day, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held the first ever medical research workshop. As a member of the team invited to the event, sponsored by the National Center for Gender and Gender Research, I joined 19 other researchers to discuss key findings, differences in knowledge, and future directions.

You might ask yourself: Is this really needed for this workshop? How is gender health different from other groups' health? How many people even recognize them as both sexes?

What is a gender?

Robyn Ochs, a gay and lesbian activist, describes bisexuality as "the possibility of attracting – romantically and / or sexually – people more than one sex, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily the same, and not necessarily the same. People do not have to recognize the & # 39; bisexual & # 39; that they can have both sex orientation.

Hypocrisy means that you have attractive or sexual behaviors with more than one sex or sexuality – for example, the attractiveness of women and men. Some people have & # 39; non-sexual identities & # 39; – that is, identities beyond sexuality / homosexuality – including pansexual and quake. Some people have more than one identity (I identify with both sexes). The term sexual preference for anyone with sexual orientation is not: "bi +."

Who is bi +?

People recognize them as bi + all races, races / ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, and age & # 39; s, but some groups (people of color, age, & transgender people) are more likely to be recognize that they are bi +. It is surprising to note that bi + people constitute the largest sexual minority group. In adolescents, many people identify as male and female while they identify as gay or lesbian. In adults, bi + people represent an important part of the population. But despite this number, there is less research on bi + health and less money available for research, compared to research on lesbian and gay people.

How does it happen to health & health?

If you are unwanted +, a 2019 study of people with different sexual orientations and racial / ethnic background found that you are more likely than people with other sexual orientations to experience some health problems. For example, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, and obesity are more common in women and men. In addition, women with bipolar + can have quality of life related to health, whereas bi & # 39; men & # 39; they may have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

If you are a person + and you are a woman or a sexual person, your risk for poor health – including substance abuse, depression, and suicide – is even higher compared to other + people (see here and here).

Why are people + bi + more likely to experience poor health?

Experts in sexual health research believe that the burden of minorities can negatively impact health outcomes. Concern about minorities refers to experiences of discrimination or discrimination based on stigma that lead to poor health. Bi + people face a particular gender challenge related to bisexual, such as misconceptions about what it means to be bisexual (bisexuality is the face, male and female are sexual, men are bisexual. symptoms of HIV). Invisible emotions can also create problems. These types of minor concerns can affect the health of the population.

  • The invitation to both sexes can affect the quality of health care. A bisexual woman who is in contact with a woman, but also having sex with men, cannot be given birth control or counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at a doctor's appointment, because (incorrectly) it is thought to be lesbian. and is not at risk for pregnancy or STIs.
  • Gender discrimination can affect mental health. Bi + people experience discrimination from both same-sex and sexual minorities, with regard to the frequency & # 39; to come out of & # 39; bi +. This double isolation can lead to loneliness and loneliness, which is detrimental to mental health.

What steps can you take to prevent these issues?

If you are bi +, you can improve your health

  • to communicate with others who support your sexuality, including people who also bi + and understand the specific concerns people & # 39; bi + sometimes encounter
  • to be honest with your doctor or mental health provider about your sexuality, so that you can get the care you need.

Even if you are not a self-insulting person, you can support them as a + people

  • researching your own behavior and ideas (for example, not everyone who is a member of the opposite sex is considered to be of the same gender or gender) and yourself to learn from others.
  • educating others on bi + people to counter stereotypes and reduce stigma, to increase social acceptance & # 39; bi & # 39 ;.