Physicians' ability to diagnose and treat health care problems, particularly those with a psychosocial component, is facilitated by accurate information concerning the life-styles of their patients. White lesbians have been shown to be generally reluctant to disclose sexual orientation to their physicians, but little, if anything, is known about black lesbians. In the sample, only a third of the women had. Previous sexual experiences, both heterosexual and homosexual, were also queried to illuminate patterns of gynecologic health risk factors. Nearly all of the women reported previous heterosexual experiences.
Disclosure of sexual preference to physicians by black lesbian and bisexual women.
White and African American Lesbian, Bisexual Women Trend Overweight: Study | SPH
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Since , social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple of years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In , the survey started including a question on sexual identity. In the 10 years that the General Social Survey has included a question on sexual identity, rates of identification among gay men, lesbian women and bisexual men in the U. Of all of the women who responded to the survey, more than 1 in 18 identified as bisexual. One decade ago, only 1 in 65 did.
A new study in the American Journal of Public Health by BU School of Public Health researchers found that compared to heterosexual women, white and African American lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight at the age of 18 and maintain that weight through adulthood. A research team of teacher and student — Ulrike Boehmer, associate professor of community health sciences, and Nicholas P. Deputy, who received his MPH in — analyzed data from the California Health Interview Survey to investigate intersections of sexual minority status, race and ethnicity, and weight status along gender lines at two points in time: at age 18, and as adults, at the time of the survey.
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