The CDC still isn’t counting bisexuality correctly

The Verge
By Arielle Duhaime-Ross
Jan. 8, 2016

More Americans than ever identify as bisexual, according to a report released by the CDC yesterday. But that’s not just changing social norms; it may be due to the way the US government is phrasing the question. Unfortunately, the CDC’s questions about sexuality aren’t always consistent — or even all that sex-savvy.

The CDC asked more than 9,000 people in the US between the age 18 and 44 about their sexual experiences, who they’re attracted to, and to self-identify their sexual orientation in the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth. This survey matters because the portion on sexuality is used to identify US populations that might be at higher risk for STIs or HIV. In the survey, 1.3 percent of women and 1.9 percent of men identified either gay or lesbian. (It’s not immediately clear how people who identify outside the gender binary were classed — or if they were included at all. The NSFG only includes a male and a female questionnaire.)

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