As the LGBTQ movement gains increased momentum around the globe, a national survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that bisexuality has become increasingly popular in the US. This research encompassed over 9,000 US citizens between the age of 18 and 44, with interviews and questionnaires being carried out from 2011 to 2013.
The fact that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning/Queer movement has become more acknowledged over the past few years has lead to people being a lot more at ease when the topic of sexuality is approached, The survey was mainly focused on questions revolving around whether the subject had been attracted to a person of the opposite or same sex, what type of sexual experience they have had and whether they identify themselves as bisexual or lesbian/gay.
The results of the CDC survey, in regards to homosexuality, have been almost the same in comparison with the previous survey conducted between 2006 and 2010. Out of the 9,000 study participants, 1.9% men have identified themselves as gay while women were almost 1.3%.
Although in regards to being gay or lesbian the numbers remained more or less the same, the percentage of bisexuality has gained a rather hefty increase, reaching 5.5% for women and 2% for men, in comparison the last survey’s 3.9% and 1.2%. Even if bisexuality has an added degree of stigma from both heterosexual and homosexual people, around 1550 women participants, 17.4%, admitted they had engaged in sexual activity with another woman, while, on the other hand, only 6.2% of men admitted it.
Unfortunately, these numbers may have been altered by how the questionnaire approached this subject. Women were asked if they engaged in oral sex or any other sexual experience with a person of the same gender while men were asked specifically if they had oral or anal sex with another man. Because the concept of sexual experience is so broad and all-encompassing, women had a relatively easier way of admitting they engaged in bisexual activity. This stems from the fact that every individual may have a different opinion on what sexual experience actually refers to, ranging from kissing to sexual intercourse.
A disparity in numbers was also present depending on the racial group of the participants. 11.2% Hispanic women have admitted to having engaged in bisexual activity, significantly lower when compared to white women, 19.6%, and African-American women, 19.4%.
The reason why this survey is conducted can be summarized to the fact that sexual orientation and trends in sexual behavior are directly linked health. Because gay men have an increased vulnerability towards sexually transmitted diseases, knowing how many men acknowledge their sexual orientation helps doctors plan a more efficient way of educating the general public in regards to safe sex and risks. Bisexual men could be avoided by programs aimed directly at gay men, even though they engage in mostly the same type of sexual intercourse.
Taking into account the fact that bisexuality has become increasingly popular in the US, sex education and safe sex programs will have to evolve accordingly, encompassing this steadily increasing group of US citizens as well.