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Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2018;9:149-51. doi: 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00031.9. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

A study of high risk behaviour among LGBT people of Manipur.

Hebbar YRN, Singh RL.

Abstract

Aim: Over the last two decades, there has been increasing demand for the awareness on sexual minority people’s lives and issues throughout the world. In the recent years, India is witnessing a change in public attitude and concern in the field of sexual minority people, although Indian data regarding the pattern, prevalence of people of LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender) is still inadequate. Present study was conducted to study the sociodemographic profile and high risk behaviour among a selective group of LGBT in Manipur. Materials and methods: It was a cross sectional study done at Manipur, India. Non probability convenient sampling was used and 45 consenting LGBT were interviewed using semi-structured proforma. Results: Present study highlights the increased prevalence of high risk behaviours among our study group. Substance use disorders especially alcohol dependence was found to be high in the study population. Conclusion: As evidenced in this study, high risk behaviour is a growing concern among LGBT people which needs to be addressed to achieve overall wellbeing of this community.

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