CDC Survey Results on Health and Sexual Orientation

06 August 2014

A July report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows sexual minorities, those identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual, tend to be less healthy than their non-minority counterparts. The report was based on results from a 2013 National Health Interview Survey…which for the first time in its 57-year history included questions about sexual orientation. The report says 96.6 % of adults identified themselves as straight.
1.6 %t of the 34, 557 adults surveyed identified as gay or lesbian and another .7 % identified as bisexual.
The CDC says the sexual minorities are worse off in various health conditions including asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
One of the federal government’s Healthy People 2020 Initiative is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of LGB persons.
The survey questions were asked face-to-face by “trained interviewers with the U.S. Census Bureau.”
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