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August 13, 1982

Health Care Needs of a Homosexual Population

JAMA. 1982;248(6):736-739. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060070040

AT THE 1980 annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the House of Delegates adopted Substitute Resolution 124, which called on the AMA to "study the health care needs of homosexuals and investigate methods by which this information may be conveyed to both physicians in practice and physicians in training."

The AMA has published a clinically oriented book, Sexual Problems in Medical Practice, prepared by an expert editorial board.1 The following report is based on material from this book, supplemented by articles in the scientific literature.

DEFINITION  In 1948, A. C. Kinsey and colleagues2 published data indicating that more than 25% of the American white male population had at least incidental homosexual experience or reactions for at least three years between the ages of 16 and 55 years. In 1953, they published similar data about the American white female population and estimated that 12.5% had similar experiences.3