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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 149) Last page : ( 151)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00031.9

A study of high risk behaviour among LGBT people of Manipur

Hebbar YR Niranjan1,*, Singh Rajkumar Lenin2

1Junior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, Manipur, India

2Professor and Head of the Department Department of Psychiatry, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, Manipur, India

*Correspondence: Dr Niranjan Hebbar YR, Department of Psychiatry, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal-795004, Manipur, India. niru53koppa@gmail.com

Online published on 18 July, 2018.

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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Keywords

Sexual and Gender Minorities. Transgender Persons. Substance-Related Disorders.

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