A conversation with University of Pittsburgh researcher Dr. Herrick

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“We never considered looking for resilience. We’re really good at measuring sickness and disparity but have no real way to measure health.”

From Pittsburgh’s City Paper:

If you’re a gay or bisexual man, a study at the University of Pittsburgh proves what LGBT advocates have been preaching for years: It does get better. In fact, researchers discovered that within the study, the majority of men who have sex with men (MSM) overcame internalized homophobia — or self-loathing because of external homophobia or negative societal stereotypes — over time. And it didn’t really matter during which decade they realized a same-sex attraction.

In the study, led by Dr. A. Herrick, a post-doctoral associate in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, researchers also discovered that even though some MSM experienced bullying or homophobia, they didn’t experience negative health affects like sexually transmitted diseases or depression. It’s one of the first studies to focus on positive health outcomes for gay men.

Herrick recently spoke to City Paper about the results. You can go to City Paper online to read the interview.

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