March 12, 2014 | by Staff reports
New study explores gay domestic violence
domestic violence, gay news, Washington Blade

A new study from PLoS ONE reports findings on the effects of domestic violence in GBT men.

NEW YORK — A new study from PLoS ONE reports findings on the effects of domestic violence in GBT men, Medical Daily reports.

Researchers looked at a collection of 19 studies on the various effects of domestic violence on MSM and found that 48 percent of those reviewed had been exposed to domestic violence reporting alcohol and drug abuse, symptoms of depression, higher rates of HIV and more incidents of unprotected sex, the Daily reports.

Although many victims of abuse tend to develop these problems, the problem may be exacerbated for MSM, considering that they are not only more likely to contract HIV (63 percent of new infections were among MSM in 2010), but also because the rates of infection are rising among the group — 22 percent among young MSM and 12 percent overall between 2008 and 2010, the Daily article said. In all, about 489,121 people living with HIV at the end of 2010 were either MSM or MSM and injection drug users, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And risky sexual behavior — the kind that doesn’t involve wearing protection — is a major contributor to the problem, the Daily article said.

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