A Ban on risky behaviour ?



California governor OKs ban on gay conversion therapy, calling it ‘quackery’

By Josh Levs, CNN
October 2, 2012 — Updated 1255 GMT (2055 HKT)
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Therapist to challenge ‘gay cure’ ban

  • NEW: Two groups say they’re filing lawsuits challenging the newly signed California law
  • NEW: A “reparative therapist” calls the law “the height of … irresponsibility”
  • The law will prohibit sexual orientation change therapy for children under age 18
  • A psychiatric group says the therapy can bring on depression and self-destructive behavior

A version of this story can be read in Arabic.

(CNN) — Therapy aimed at turning gay kids straight will soon be illegal in California, with the state’s governor declaring he hopes a new law will relegate such efforts “to the dustbin of quackery.”

The legislation — which the state Senate passed in May, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this weekend and will take effect January 1 — prohibits attempts to change the sexual orientation of patients under age 18.

“This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Brown tweeted. “These practices have no basis in science or medicine.”

But practitioners of so-called “reparative therapy” say the assertions of the governor and gay rights advocates “just are not true,” according to David Pickup, a spokesman for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.  etc……………….





HIV among Gay and Bisexual Men
View PDF PDF Icon  May 2012


Fast Facts

  • Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States (US).
  • Among all gay and bisexual men, blacks/African Americans bear the greatest disproportionate burden of HIV.
  • From 2006 to 2009, HIV infections among young black/African American gay and bisexual men increased 48%.

Picture of gay male couple Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)1 represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2009, MSM accounted for 61% of all new HIV infections, and MSM with a history of injection drug use (MSM-IDU) accounted for an additional 3% of new infections. That same year, young MSM accounted for 69% of new HIV infections among persons aged 13–29 and 44% of infections among all MSM. At the end of 2009, an estimated 441,669 (56%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the US were MSM or MSM-IDU.

The Numbers

New HIV Infections2

  • In 2009, MSM accounted for 61% of new HIV infections in the US and 79% of infections among all newly infected men. Compared with other groups, MSM accounted for the largest numbers of new HIV infections in 2009.
  • Among all MSM, white MSM accounted for 11,400 (39%) new HIV infections in 2009. The largest number of new infections (3,400) occurred in those aged 40–49.
  • Among all MSM, black/African American MSM accounted for 10,800 (37%) new HIV infections in 2009. Whereas new HIV infections were relatively stable among MSM overall from 2006–2009, they increased 34% among young MSM—an increase largely due to a 48% increase among young black/African American MSM aged 13–29.
  • Among all MSM, Hispanic/Latino MSM accounted for 6,000 (20%) new HIV infections in 2009. The largest percentage of new infections (45%) occurred in those aged 13–29.
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