Not to worry people, the gay is not contagious.

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Same-Sex Attraction Not Contagious Among Adolescents

Posted by Ross Pomeroy at Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:26:46
There are many straight people in this country who suffer from a closeted (or even open) fear that homosexuality is contagious, that merely befriending a gay or lesbian person or being near one will cause a straight individual to sprout a same-sex attraction.

But a large study recently published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior may help dispel that fear. Analyzing the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a long term-study conducted from 1994 to 2002 of a nationally representative sample of 90,118 students in Grades 7-12, researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. found that same-sex attraction does not spread in adolescent peer groups.
What is unknown breeds fear, and what is misunderstood breeds misconception. For the longest time, homosexuality suffered from these two key detractors, and thus, the worry that same-sex attraction could be infectious persisted.

But now, gay and lesbian people are coming out more than ever before, revealing themselves as our friends, neighbors, and siblings -- normal people. They are no longer unknown.

Scientists are also beginning to learn more about homosexuality and its causes. Admittedly, there's no precise consensus yet, but homosexuality is certainly not as misunderstood as it once was. The American Psychological Association sums up the current state of knowledge pretty well:

"Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation."​

Back to the current study: The researchers focused on 14,738 of the 90,000+ students that completed a series of three in-depth home interviews -- the first being conducted at around 16 years of age, the second a year later, and the third five years after the second. As part of the interviews, students were asked to name, identify, and elucidate the relationships with their closest five male and five female friends, many of whom were also involved in the longitudinal study. They were also asked specific questions to gauge sexual activity, relationship desire, and same-sex attraction.

Using the data from the first and second interviews, the researchers employed a statistical method to see whether subjects' reported level of same-sex attraction was at all related to that of their friends. Data from the first interview was used to control for predilection to future same-sex attraction, sexual activity, and the desire to seek out relationships. It was also used to control for homophily -- the idea that people tend to choose friends who behave similarly.

The analysis returned the increase in odds of reporting a certain behavior associated with each friend or sibling who engages in the same behavior. Subjects were far more likely to engage in sexual intercourse (1.79x) if their friends were also engaged in sexual activities. The same was true for seeking out romantic relationships (2.69x). However, they weren't more likely to report same-sex attraction (0.96x).
"Although we found evidence that both sexual activity and desire to have a romantic relationship may spread from person to person, attraction to same sex partners did not spread," the researchers say.

The study's key limitation is fairly evident: self-reporting. Self-reported sexual attraction is undoubtedly suspect, especially for high school students. However, it's worthy to note that students' same-sex attraction was highly correlated with self-identified sexual orientation assessed five years after the high school interviews.

The researchers' method of statistical analysis is also fairly new and relatively untested. Based on Social Contagion Theory, the statistical program attempts to root out social influence from large, documented peer networks. Of note, it was recently hailed as establishing "a new path in the study of networks."

Though crude, the current study is a worthy examination of the idea that same-sex attraction can spread in social networks -- a topic that's been rather difficult to research -- and it's the first to do so in a large, longitudinal data set.

Source: Tiffany A. Brakefield, Sara C. Mednick, Helen W. Wilson, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler (2013) Same-Sex Sexual Attraction Does Not Spread in Adolescent Social Networks. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 10.1007/s10508-013-0142-9
http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2013/07/same-sex-attraction-not-contagious-among-friends.html
 

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So we can let AHC out of the quarantine area now?
 

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I disagree with this study. I bring your attention to the So This Is A Tranny thread.
 

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I think the whole "gays will make you gay" meme comes from the religious desire to scare children away from secular life. In Ultra Orthodox Judaism, everything outside of their strict guidelines is looked at like a disease, and that if you let that disease into your midst, then it could infect everyone else. In a sense they are right because secular life is attractive and the notions of a liberal society and getting to choose what you want to do and who you love/marry/etc can be quite infectious. So they say the gay is contagious because they want to keep their kids away from the bad influence of liberal secularist society and homosexuality is one of the biggest symbols of it in their eyes simply because it is accepted by liberal secularist societies.
 

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Way back in Bible times, it made more sense to keep the 'gays' away. They didn't want or need 'population' control.

They needed more people to spread out the workload and take over larger tracts of lands through numbers loyal to them and theirs.
 

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So it isn't a temporary disease. Looks like my father was right about something.
 

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Hey, look. A study that proves something everybody already knew, except for a few idiots who won't believe this anyway.
 

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There are many straight people in this country who suffer from a closeted (or even open) fear that homosexuality is contagious, that merely befriending a gay or lesbian person or being near one will cause a straight individual to sprout a same-sex attraction.
I find it hard to believe that there are many.. any for that matter.. but many?


bbbbbut Homer said he didn't want to catch the gay....

TV has betrayed me...
 

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It's not?!?! I always blamed my gayness on my friend who my mom made me hang out with when I was in first or second grade hoping I'd get chicken pox. I never did get chicken pox...
 

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I think the whole "gays will make you gay" meme comes from the religious desire to scare children away from secular life. In Ultra Orthodox Judaism, everything outside of their strict guidelines is looked at like a disease, and that if you let that disease into your midst, then it could infect everyone else. In a sense they are right because secular life is attractive and the notions of a liberal society and getting to choose what you want to do and who you love/marry/etc can be quite infectious. So they say the gay is contagious because they want to keep their kids away from the bad influence of liberal secularist society and homosexuality is one of the biggest symbols of it in their eyes simply because it is accepted by liberal secularist societies.
Nobody is more contagious than the faygelehs and the schvartzes, that's for sure.
 

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It must be contagious on wackbag. The moes are coming out of the woodwork around here...


:action-sm
 

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It must be contagious on wackbag. The moes are coming out of the woodwork around here...


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On wackbag you can catch it off the toilet seats.

And by "it" I of course mean heaviness.
 

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It's not?!?! I always blamed my gayness on my friend who my mom made me hang out with when I was in first or second grade hoping I'd get chicken pox. I never did get chicken pox...
If you had gotten chickenpox when you were young, you wouldn't have gotten AIDS as an adult.
 
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What a relief, I always fear that the next dick I suck will be the one I catch the gay from.



No homo.
 

ironman25dc

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It you had gotten chickenpox when you were young, you wouldn't have gotten AIDS as an adult.

No stupid, it is if your family's ancestors on both sides survived the Bubonic Plague you would be among the 1% of humans with the highest level of HIV immunity. These individuals share a pair of mutated genes -- one in each chromosome -- that prevent their immune cells from developing a "receptor" that lets the HIV/AIDS virus break into the system.
 

Lord Zero

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No stupid, it is if your family's ancestors on both sides survived the Bubonic Plague you would be among the 1% of humans with the highest level of HIV immunity. These individuals share a pair of mutated genes -- one in each chromosome -- that prevent their immune cells from developing a "receptor" that lets the HIV/AIDS virus break into the system.
Oh, literal ironman.
 

ironman25dc

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Well, not a lot of people know about the gene mutation the survivors of the Bubonic Plague passed down that, if both one's parents have that heritage, their offspring is immune to contracting HIV; just sharing knowledge with the rest of the class.
 

Lord Zero

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Well, not a lot of people know about the gene mutation the survivors of the Bubonic Plague passed down that, if both one's parents have that heritage, their offspring is immune to contracting HIV; just sharing knowledge with the rest of the class.
Detention for speaking out of turn. :action-sm