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Youth Blog – What Are GBT Youth Reporting? [Text Version]


Posted on October 5th, 2016 by IMPACT in Uncategorized. No Comments

Ever want to know what gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (GBT) youth are doing when it comes to sex? How about alcohol and drug use? The graphic below provides answers to these questions and more. This data comes directly from 384 GBT youth who are a part of IMPACT’s RADAR study. These youth are between 16 and 20 years of age, racially diverse, live in Chicago or the surrounding areas, and were assigned male at birth. Though this information is taken directly from GBT youth, it should not be considered representative of all GBT youth. More information about the RADAR study can be found here.

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What are sexual and gender minority adolescents reporting?

The information presented below was provided by 384 adolescents between 16 and 20 years of age who identified as gay, bisexual, or transgender and were assigned male at birth.

Substance use: % who used each substance in the past 6 months

  • Cigarettes: 29%
  • Alcohol: 68%
  • Marijuana: 68%

Coming out

  • Out to everyone: 48%
  • Out to most people: 35%
  • Only out to a select few people: 2%
  • Not out to anyone: 2%

HIV Prevention

  • 65% had been tested for HIV in teh past 6 months
  • 42% had participated in HIV prevention activities in the past year

Sexual Behavior

  • 16: average age of first vaginal or anal sex encounter.
  • 91: % who have ever had anal or vaginal sex.
  • 38: % who currently have a serious partner
  • 47: % who had a one night stand in the past 6 months.
  • 59: % who met a sex partner online or using a mobile app in the past 6 months.
  • 57: % who have had condomless anal sex with a male partner in the past 6 months.

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