Mar 132013
Denmark - Research shows marriage 'could be fatal for lesbians'

Between 2000 and 2011, in Denmark, the mortality rate for married homosexuals increased, according to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers monitored the life expectancy of 6.5 million adults in Denmark between 1 January 1982 and 30 September 2011.

The only group that saw an increased risk of premature death is, in fact, lesbians.

By 1996, seven years after the legislation of LGBT unions, with the advent of effective treatment against HIV/AIDS, the number of deaths among gay men who were married or in a civil union, fell below that of straight, unmarried or divorced men.

The same did not apply to gay women and the reasons for this are not yet clear. Some of the possible causes are a higher rate of suicide and an increased incidence of breast cancer.




Letizia Orlandi

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