Updated Trends: Higher Risks Of HIV In Gay Men If Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse
A recent study on HIV has brought new things to light. There are high risk of HIV among gay and bisexual men who were exposed to sexual abuse and social embarrassment during their childhood years.
The study was conducted by the Multicentre AIDS Cohort Study that initiated in the year 1983. More than 1,000 HIV positive and negative gay and bisexual men were kept under observation for this study.
The author of this study, Sin How Lim said, “Our study shows that the early socialization experiences of gay men can be deeply stigmatizing and increase their risks for these conditions in adulthood. Given the long-lasting impacts, effective interventions should address multiple interrelated social issues early on rather than focusing on each problem in isolation.”
Near around 10 per cent of these men claimed that they were victimized sexually, 30 per cent claimed same sex victimization between the ages of 12-14, that include verbal abuse, threats (physical assaults).