Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.
Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.
For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Overall, about 13% of straight girls and 14% of girls who only had male sex partners had been pregnant, compared to 23% of lesbian or bisexual girls and 20% of girls who had both male and female sex partners.
About 10% of straight boys and those who only had female sexual partners had got someone pregnant, compared to about 29% of gay or bisexual males and about 38% of boys with female and male sex partners.
The researchers pointed out that the increased risk of pregnancy among sexual minority students was due to stigma and discrimination, lack of support resources and fewer connections to family and school.
‘The message for me is that these populations are often ignored or assumed to not need information or reproductive care or services and they absolutely do,’ said Lisa Lindley, the study’s lead author from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.