Gay, lesbian and bisexual students 'not using condoms'

Gay, lesbian and bisexual students are more likely to have sex without a condom than heterosexuals, newly-released research has found.

The study was carried out by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found individuals in this group also engage in more unhealthy risk behaviours, such as tobacco and alcohol use.

Howell Wechsler, director of CDC's division of adolescent and school health, noted that he is "very concerned" by the findings.

"Any effort to promote adolescent health and safety must take into account the additional stressors these youths experience because of their sexual orientation, such as stigma, discrimination and victimisation," he added.

In seven of the ten health risk categories that were set up, gay or lesbian students had higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts.

Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, recently noted that targeted HIV schemes are needed in the UK to limit infection rates.