Homosexual Mental and Physical Health Problems
A homosexual lifestyle, on the average, shortens one’s lifespan by roughly 20 years. It is more deadly than smoking, alcoholism, or drug addiction. This is tragic, since it is known that in many cases homosexuality can be prevented or substantially healed in adulthood when there is sufficient motivation and help.
The results of spreading homosexuality lie not only in moral degradation and personal ruin but inevitably in physical destruction. Homosexuality is essentially infectious.
Hollywood and the media relentlessly propagate the image of the fit, healthy, and well-adjusted homosexual. The reality is the exact opposite of this caricature. Homosexual and lesbian relationships are typically characterized by instability and promiscuity plus unhealthy and risky sex practices. These factors greatly increase the incidence of serious and incurable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including hepatitis, HPV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV/AIDS.
The homosexual agenda would create a society in which homosexuality is regarded as healthy, natural and normal. In actuality, debilitating illness, chronic disease, psychological problems and early death suffered by homosexuals is the legacy of this tragically misguided activism. Those who advocate full acceptance of homosexual behavior choose to downplay the growing and incontrovertible evidence regarding the serious, life-threatening health effects associated with the homosexual lifestyle.
As Catholic, as a Christian, as a citizen, what can one do to stop the spread of homosexuality?
Homosexual activists seek to legitimize their depravity as a norm; however, a healthy and informed society should have the strength and conviction to resist it. We must call things by their proper names. What is vice is vice, and it can never turn into a virtue. It is necessary to become educated in the physical and mental health problems of the homosexual and to conduct educational activities to reverse this activism.
One of the pro-homosexual arguments cites the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) removal of homosexuality from its diagnostic list of mental disorders in 1973. They don’t mention the substantial protest which followed, and that the APA was strongly motivated by the desire to reduce the effects of social oppression. But let’s take a look at the reality of homosexuality as defined by thousands of studies. We will return to the APA decision at the end of this article.
CatholicCitizens.org has published a report by Dr. Brian Kopp on the serious physical health problems created by homosexual behaviors. Homosexuality is neither normal nor benign. Rather, it is a lethal behavioral addiction. The defining features of male homosexuality consist of a variety of dangerous behaviors, including extreme promiscuity, a higher incidence of pedophilia, sexual abuse, and same-gender sex.
Sex among homosexual males typically includes: oral and anal sex; rimming (mouth-to-anus contact); fisting (insertion of the hand and arm into the rectum); golden showers (urination), insertion of objects such as bottles, flashlights and even gerbils into the rectum; sadomasochism (beatings with whips, chains, etc.) and other practices. The Gay Report, one of the largest surveys ever conducted of homosexual sex practices, conducted by two homosexual researchers, reported that 99% engaged in oral sex; 91% had anal intercourse; 83% engaged in rimming; 22% had done fisting; 23% admitted to participating in golden showers; 76% admitted to public or group sex; 73% admitted having sex with boys; and 4% admitted to eating feces.
There are lethal medical consequences of engaging in male homosexual behavior. These various behaviors cause trauma to the rectum; contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS; increase incidences of oral and anal cancer and result in serious infections due to the ingestion of fecal matter. Anal intercourse tears the rectal lining of the receptive partner regardless of whether a condom is worn, and the subsequent contact with fecal matter leads to a host of diseases.
Other diseases to which active homosexuals are vulnerable can be classified as follows: Classical sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, infections with Chlamydia trachomatis, syphilis, herpes simplex infections, genital warts, pubic lice, scabies); enteric diseases (infections with Shigella species, Campylobacter jejuni, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, ["gay bowel disease"], Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and cytomegalovirus); trauma (related to and/or resulting in fecal incontinence, hemorroids, anal fissure, foreign bodies lodged in the rectum, rectosigmoid tears, allergic proctitis, penile edema, chemical sinusitis, inhaled nitrite burns, and sexual assault of the male patient); and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Recent studies show homosexuals have a substantially greater risk of suffering from psychiatric problems than do heterosexuals. We see higher rates of suicide, depression, bulimia, antisocial personality disorder, and substance abuse.
Several carefully conducted studies found suicide attempts among homosexuals were six times greater than the average. Is this due to society's stigmatization? A 1998 study found that if the reasons for the attempted suicide were connected to homosexuality, about two-thirds were due to breakups of relationships -- not outside pressures from society. A 1981 study also found the major reason for suicide attempts was the breakup of relationships. In second place, they said, was the inability to accept oneself. Since homosexuals have greater numbers of partners and breakups compared with heterosexuals, and since long-term gay male relationships are rarely monogamous, it is hardly surprising if suicide attempts are proportionally greater. The median number of partners for homosexuals is four times higher than for heterosexuals. Another factor in suicide attempts would be the compulsive or addictive elements in homosexuality which could lead to feelings of depression when the lifestyle is out of control.
Studies indicate that the average male homosexual has hundreds of sex partners in his lifetime: A classic study of male and female homosexuality found that 43 percent of white male homosexuals had sex with 500 or more partners; 28 percent had 1,000 or more sex partners. The most common response, given by 21.6 percent of the respondents, was of having from one hundred to five hundred lifetime sex partners. Other studies support this finding and have been published in homosexual magazines and newspapers. Typically, even in homosexual relationships in which the partners consider themselves in a committed relationship, the meaning of "committed" is radically different from marriage.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is responsible for causing AIDS, for which there exists no cure. Homosexuals with HIV are also at increased risk for developing other life-threatening diseases. The National Institutes of Health reported that homosexual men with HIV have "a 37-fold increase in anal cancer, a 4-fold increase in Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph nodes), a 2.7-fold increase in cancer of the testicles, and a 2.5 fold increase in lip cancer.”
Studies of MSM (men who have sex with men) treated in STD clinics show rates of infection as high as 36 percent in major cities. A CDC study attributed the high infection rate to high numbers of anonymous sex partners: Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia apparently have been introduced into a population of MSM who have large numbers of anonymous partners, which can result in rapid and extensive transmission of STDs. The CDC report concluded: Persons with STDs have a twofold to fivefold increased risk for HIV infection.
Lesbians are at risk through sex with MSM. Lesbians have more male sex partners that their heterosexual counterparts. A study of sexually transmitted disease among lesbians reviewed in The Washington Blade (a homosexual newspaper) notes: "Behavioral research also demonstrates that a woman's sexual identity is not an accurate predictor of behavior, with a large proportion of 'lesbian' women reporting sex with (often high risk) men.” The study found that "the median number of lifetime male sexual partners was significantly greater for WSW (women who have sex with women) than controls (twelve partners versus six). WSW were significantly more likely to report more than fifty lifetime male sexual partners."
Various studies on Lesbian health suggest that certain cancer risk factors occur with greater frequency in this population. A study found that lesbians are three times more likely to abuse alcohol and to suffer from other compulsive behaviors: "Like most problem drinkers, 32 (91 percent) of the participants had abused other drugs as well as alcohol, and 34 percent reported compulsive difficulties with food, codependency (29 percent), sex (11 percent), and money (6 percent).” In addition, "Forty-six percent had been heavy drinkers with frequent drunkenness. Lesbians were at significantly greater risk than heterosexual women for both binge drinking and for heavy drinking.”
Homosexual and lesbian relationships are far more violent than are traditional married households: Married women in traditional families experience the lowest rate of violence compared with women in other types of relationships.
In a major Canadian centre, life expectancy at age twenty for gay and bisexual men is eight to twenty years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, they estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged twenty years will not reach their sixty-fifth birthday.
Child molestation and pedophilia occur far more commonly among homosexuals than among heterosexuals on a per capita basis. Since 98-99% of the population is heterosexual, it is technically correct to say that most molestations are done by heterosexuals. Homosexuals comprise only a small percentage (1 to 2%) of the population, yet account for about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses.
It is a destructive myth that “once a homosexual, always a homosexual.” It has made and will make millions more committed homosexuals. A number of therapists have written extensively on the positive results of therapy for same-sex attraction. Reviews of treatment for unwanted same-sex attractions show it is as successful as treatment for similar psychological problems: about 30% experience a freedom from symptoms and another 30% experience improvement. Many of these patients have married, have families and live happy lives.
There are also numerous autobiographical reports from men and women who once believed themselves to be unchangeably bound by same-sex attractions and behaviors. Many of these men and women now describe themselves as free of same-sex attraction, fantasy, and behavior. Most of these individuals found freedom through participation in religion-based support groups, although some also had recourse to therapists. Unfortunately, a number of influential persons and professional groups ignore this evidence, and there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of "homosexual apologists" to either deny the effectiveness of treatment of same-sex attraction or claim that such treatment is harmful.
Robert Spitzer, M.D., the renowned Columbia University psychiatric researcher who was directly involved in the 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders has recently become involved with research into the possibility of change. Dr. Spitzer stated in an interview: "I am convinced that many people have made substantial changes toward becoming heterosexual...I think that's news... I came to this study skeptical. I now claim that these changes can be sustained."
Homosexuals who want to live chastely can contact Courage, a national, Church-approved support group for help in deliverance from the homosexual lifestyle. Courage, Church of St. John the Baptist, 210 W. 31st St., New York, NY 10001 (212) 268–1010 Web: http://couragerc.net
Homosexual activists use our tolerance for others against us, demanding we accept their lifestyle. We cannot morally do this. Accepting their lifestyle not only endangers their physical and mental health, but also their immortal souls and puts them outside the boundaries of decency. In some cases it fosters the seduction and/or molestation of children. It also denies homosexuals the joys and saving graces of marriage and the procreation and nurture of children.
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