Evidence Exchange of LGBT Statistics

Welcome to the LGF’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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Rectal chlamydial infection is common amongst men who have sex with men (MSM), a study found that it was detected in 7.2% in MSM.

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Sexual Health: STIs

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A survey conducted in Scotland of gay and bisexual men found;14.4% were always and 63.4% were sometimes drunk during unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) and 22.2% always/sometimes used stimulants or other recreational/illicit drugs. Men who reported always being drunk during UAI were more likely to report UAI with 2+ partners, casual partners, and partners of unknown/discordant HIV status, than men who were not.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Sexual Health: Condom Use

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Between January 1999 and December 2001 a high number of cases of early syphilis were identified in Manchester. Most (90%) occurred in men who have sex with men, 50% of whom were HIV-positive.

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Sexual Health: STIs

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51.7% of men who have sex with men and diagnosed with HIV, had insertive unprotected anal sex, fewer (34.8%) had done so with men whose status they did not know and fewer again (14.0%) had done so with a partner they knew or thought to be HIV negative.

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Sexual Health: Condom Use

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41.5% of men who have sex with men, and whose last test was HIV negative, had receptive unprotected anal sex in the last year, far fewer (16.0%) had done so with a partner of unknown status and only 2.0% had done so with a man they knew to have HIV.

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Sexual Health: Condom Use

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A report from 2009 found that less than 50% of of men who have sex with men had been tested for HIV in the previous year.

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Sexual Health: HIV Testing

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Over a quarter of men who have sex with men have never tested for HIV.

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Sexual Health: HIV Testing

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In 2011, 19% of gonorrhoea cases reported nationally were in men who have sex with men.

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Sexual Health: STIs

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Vulvovaginal candidiasis was common in women who have sex with women (18.4%) and was significantly associated with larger numbers of female sexual partners in the previous year.

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Sexual Health: Other

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One in five young LGBT people said they found it difficult to ask for what they wanted in relationships.
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70% of young LGBT people said they had received information on relationships and sexual health.

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Sexual Health: Other

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A survey conducted for older LGB people found that, 60% had witnessed other service users talking negatively about LGB people in general, and 45% had witnessed discriminatory or negative behaviour towards another. 77% reported experiencing discriminatory behaviour, 66% verbal abuse and 44% violence from other service users on account of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other
Crime: Assault

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A survey conducted for older LGB people found that there were some mental health services that they don’t use because of anxiety about experiencing homophobia from other service users. Of those who felt comfortable in most instances being open about their sexual orientation to mental health professionals, only 50% felt as comfortable when it came to other service users.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that, when subjected to homophobic remarks or discriminatory behaviour, only 38% would know how to make a complaint and 50% did not believe it would be taken seriously even if they were to.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other
Crime: Hate Crime

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that, over a third of respondents felt that the behaviour of mental health professionals towards them on account of their sexual orientation had made their problems worse.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that, 41% reported being subjected to homophobic remarks from professionals and discriminatory behaviour, with a slightly smaller percentage noting mockery and verbal abuse and disclosure of sexual orientation without permission.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other
Crime: Hate Crime

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that, 41 % believed that if there was greater LGB visibility in publicity material they would feel more comfortable to be open about their sexual orientation to all staff.

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Mental Health: Other

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that 92% of respondents were able to be ‘out’ within the context of services, and almost half reported that they were pleased with the way in which professionals treated them when they had been open about their sexual orientation.

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Mental Health: Other

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A survey conducted for older LGB mental health service users found that just over a third of gay men and lesbians weren’t ‘out’ to anybody. 38% of gay men and 41% of lesbians were ‘out’ to health professionals; similar numbers were ‘out’ to most of their family.

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Mental Health: Other

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After experiencing a miscarriage, 26.8% of LGB women reported experiencing heterosexism, homophobia or prejudice from health professionals. A further 8.6% said they were unsure if they had or not.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Physical Health: Other

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The majority of LGB women conceived within months of actively trying to get pregnant (88%). 58% indicated that the process was 'hard' or 'very hard' whereas 28% say the process was 'easy' or 'very easy'.

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Physical Health: Other

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84% of LGB women respondents reported conceiving using donated sperm.

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Physical Health: Other

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50% of LGB women eligible for cervical screening, had at some point, failed to respond to a routine invitation for a cervical screening test. Of these women, 35% considered themselves less at risk of cervical cancer than a heterosexual woman.

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Physical Health: Cancer

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28% of LGB women have been told that a cervical screening test is not necessary for them.

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Physical Health: Cancer

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91% of LGB women believe that they need to have cervical screening tests, 4% did not know if such a test is required and 5% believed it was not necessary to have such a test.

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Physical Health: Cancer

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80% of lesbian women showed indicators of polycystic ovaries compared to 32% of heterosexual women.

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Physical Health: Other

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38% of lesbian women had polycystic ovary syndrome compared to 14% of heterosexual women.

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Physical Health: Other

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Between 15-23% of trans people feel that being trans affects the way they access routine non trans-related healthcare. The research suggests that trans people avoid accessing routine healthcare because they anticipate prejudicial treatment from healthcare professionals.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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30% of trans people experience this response when requesting treatment – a practitioner wanting to help but lacking information about trans issues.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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51% of trans people paid for their treatment after funding refusal for gender reassignment surgery. Nearly half of all respondents were in the lower income bracket of less than €25,000 per year.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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