CDC provides funding for state, territorial, and local education and health agencies to conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which monitors health risk behaviors among U. Collecting such data enables those working with youth to better understand the health and safety risks among sexual minority youth and then adjust prevention priorities accordingly.
In 2011, CDC analyzed data from YRBS to identify associations between sexual minority status and health risk behaviors.
School Health Profiles and the School Health Policies and Practices Study, CDC’s two large surveillance systems measuring school health policies and practices, assess school health policies and practices relevant to LGBTQ youth, such as: CDC provides funding and technical assistance to partners in 18 states, the District of Columbia, and 17 large urban school districts to help them and schools implement effective policies and practices to reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth.
Societal factors such as bullying, violence, and discrimination heighten health risks for anyone.
However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)* youth experience elevated risk and associated negative health and mental health outcomes.
Recognizing these serious health risks, CDC works with national, state, and local partners to address the health, education, and safety needs of LGBTQ youth.* Variations of this acronym are used throughout the Web page to reflect relevant populations.
Many studies consider lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, but do not include transgender and questioning youth. CDC has encouraged its sites to add optional questions about same-sex sexual contact and sexual identity to their YRBS questionnaires.
The project is guided by the School-Centered HIV/STD Prevention for Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) Project Rationale CDC is supporting evaluation of a 5-year project designed to reduce HIV and other STDs among African American/black teen young men who have sex with men (YMSM).
Initial evaluation activities centered on gaining a better understanding of the experiences of black and Hispanic/Latino teen YMSM, particularly related to sexual health services.