Risky sexual behavior and mental health in LGB people living in Montreal, Canada

[Speaker] Moreno, Jhon A:1
[Co-author] Mckerral, Michelle:2
1:University of Montreal (Canada), 2:University of Montreal, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (Canada)

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) people can present risky sexual behavior (RSB). Objective: To compare RSB between a group of heterosexuals and a group of LGB people living in Montreal, Canada. Methods: Forty-seven LGB (63.8% men), with a mean age of 40.5 years (SD=11.6) y 12.8 years of education (SD=2.9) and 76 heterosexuals (56.6% men), with a mean age of 37.8 years (SD=11.4) and 13.3 years of education (SD=2.4). Both groups were comparable regarding the sociodemographic variables. Measures: Sexual risk survey, PHQ-9 for depression and GAD-7 for anxiety. Results: Compared to heterosexuals, LGB people showed higher levels of RSB, t (121)=3.2, p<.01, but there were no significant differences in levels of depression and anxiety (p's>.05). There is an association between RSB with depressive (r=.44, p<.01) and anxiety complaints (r=.5, p<.01) in LGB but not in heterosexuals. Conclusions: Both mental health concerns and RSB need to be addressed in LGB people.
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