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“The Risk-Taking Behavior of the Gay Party Male”

by Jeff Johnston

(Advisory – Adult subject matter)

Not all men with same-sex attractions engage in high risk social and sexual behaviors, but a significant number do, and men who have sex with men lead the way in contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Groups like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health continue to point out some of the consequences of these behaviors.

In this sobering commentary, Dr. Frank Spinelli describes for readers his life as a doctor specializing in treating gay-identified men – and tells what it’s like when more than 5,400 of them get together for a Caribbean cruise.

Dr. Frank Spinelli: Cruise Control

COMMENTARY: Drinking, drugs, and unsafe sex: the risk-taking behavior of the gay party male.

Imagine for a moment that you’re a doctor — a gay doctor with a practice that predominantly treats gay men. Now guess how many text and phone calls you might receive during any given weekend involving questions that have to do with recreational drugs, penile discharge, or the risk of contracting HIV from unprotected sexual encounters. Now take that number and multiply it by 10 if that weekend should occur around Gay Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Gay Days at Disney, or any one of the Atlantis cruises. Welcome to my world…. (read the rest)

Thankfully there is help for those wanting to overcome sexual addiction, substance abuse or homosexuality. If you feel trapped in this kind of risky behavior, please contact Focus on the Family’s Counseling Services.

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  • http://www.clinicquotes.com Sarah

    Actually, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the gay/straight population vary by the disease.

    AIDS is higher in the gay community, as is late stage syphilis, but herpes and genital warts are higher in the straight community.

    Anecdotally, I all six gay men I am good friends with are in monogamous couples. Two of these couples are married, and have been together for over six years. On the other hand, at least three quarters of the straight men I know have had multiple partners (four or more) in the past three years.

    However, if your beef with same sex couples is that they are more likely to get/spread disease, how do you explain the fact that lesbians have the lowest rate of sexually transmitted diseases of any group, male or female, gay or straight?

  • http://Juno Nelson

    I’m surprised at the number of people who claim to be Christians who actually believe the lie that God
    made gay people that way. Partially true, but it is the god of this world who has led them down this destructive path. Ephesians 2:2-3 & John 8:44 for starters, Exodus Interenational has helped many escape this demonic lifestyle. So there is hope for them.

  • http://CitizenLink Sonja

    I have a question. I work with several self-proclaimed gay men at my store, Target. I’ve noticed Target has encouraged people from all walks of life to speak out about who they are and what they do. Which makes me uncomfortable. I know God loves these men and wants them to go to heaven, but am I the one that’s supposed to reach out to them? They are very nice people, I know that God loves people, but hates the sins that people do. What should/can I do? The manager of the store is gay…I could get fired from my job if I evangelize to him. And that wouldn’t even matter, but I wouldn’t want him to hate or reject God because of something I might say…even if it is the truth. I want so much to help God save their souls…am I the one God wants to send to them? Please help! Sincerely, Sonja

    • Jeff Johnston

      Hi Sonja,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m no expert on what God wants you to do and how He wants to use you at Target, but maybe you could start by praying for your manager? While you’re at it, you might ask God to show you ways to demonstrate His compassion and grace for this man. I believe it was St. Frances who said something like, “Preach the Gospel always; when necessary, use words.” Kind and loving actions can open people to hearing what you might have to say.

      We don’t think it’s healthy or right for people to self-identify as gay, but the most important issue for us is that they come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

  • gina

    Some studies show that women who have sex with women have a higher incidence of bacterial vaginosis than heterosexual women. We find the same in our juvenile justice girls facilities.

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