For males who have sex with males, or MSM, “The number of new [HIV] infections among the youngest MSM (aged 13-24) increased 22 percent, from 7,200 infections in 2008 to 8,800 in 2010,” reported the Centres for Disease Control.
[Linda Harvey asks]
“Could the increase be related to the increasing promotion of homosexual sex to boys?”
And if that isn’t sobering enough, another recent Centers for Disease Control study reveals that teens who call themselves homosexual or bisexual report much higher levels of risky behaviour compared to heterosexual teens.
The study came from surveys given from 2001 to 2009 in seven states and six major cities. These teens were found to be more likely to engage in seven out of 10 risk behavior categories. Of note to the Boy Scouts might be the finding that these “gay, bisexual and questioning” youth were much more likely to report having had sexual intercourse before age 13, as well as having had more than four sex partners, compared to students who identified as heterosexual.
CDC Fact Sheet (Dec. 2012): “New HIV infections in the United States”:
CDC (2011) report on “Sexual Identity…and Health-Risk Behaviors among Students” (see Table 55):