Bisexuality Rising, Says Survey in the U.S.Md Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Jan 09, 2016 11:54 IST
A growing number of men and women are saying they are bisexual, shows a new national survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control.
As bisexually awareness has increased over the past few years, it could be easier for people to put a label on themselves as being bisexual, says a doctor who was not involved with this survey, but has written a book about bisexuality.
Researchers asked over 9,000 people living in the U.S. who were between the ages of 18 and 44 about what type of sexual experiences they had, if they are attracted to the same or the opposite sex and if they identify with being straight, bisexual or gay/lesbian.
The interviews were carried out from 2011 through 2013. Many findings of sexual attraction, behavior and orientation were quite similar between the most recent survey and one done previously between 2006 and 2010.
Similar to other surveys conducted by the group, 1.3% of the women along with 1.9% of the men say they identified as being homosexual.
However, there were trends that stood out. More females reported having had some form of sexual contact with another female: 17.4% in the most recent survey in comparison with 14.2% in the survey done between 2006 and 2010.
There were also higher percentages for males and females identified as bisexual with 2% of the males and 5.5% of the females, compared to just 1.2% and 3.9% in the previous survey.
The findings that showed women were more apt to identify as bisexual than men was consistent with previous studies, said researchers at the CDC.
However, they said that does not mean it was easy to adopt that orientation. Women as well as men, who are self-identified as being bisexual, experience stigma from both homosexuals and heterosexuals.
Women are more apt as well to report sexual conduct with the same-sex. Compared to 17.4% of women, just 6.2% of the men said they had a same-sex sexual encounter in their lifetime.
Bisexuality Rising, Says Survey in the U.S.