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can you be born a homosexual?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
It's not clear yet.: Genetic studies still have not conclusively identified markers that are specifically tied to determining sexual identity in men or women. Some family studies seem to indicate inherited tendency in siblings for homosexuality. Large twin studies in sweden don't support a single gene, single environmental variable that could select out homosexuality. It concludes many complex factors are responsible.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Nature or nurture: I believe you can be born with a predetermined sexual preference, as do many who say they knew their own sexual persuasion as young children. While controversial for some, many do believe that homosexuality is determined at birth. Studies have shown that environmental factors play a minimal role in this process.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Dr. Paul Schwartzanswered
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes: Male homosexuality is thought to be largely determined either genetically or in utero, perhaps by exposure to an abnormal concentration of maternal hormones, and basically cannot be changed. Female homosexuality seems to be somewhat more malleable and sometimes develops after failed heterosexual relationships in adulthood, and lends itself more to change by psychotherapy if desired.

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What does modern muslim society think about homosexuals?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Mulsim and being gay: I would imagine that this question could be answered several different ways depending on the muslim community that one is affiliated with. But, like most well defined religious belief systems, muslims do not have any more insight into the reality of the variety of sexualities and do not seem anxious to assist their homosexual sons and daughters to be anything but condemned to a world of hatred.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
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But not all hope is lost. There are many gay or lesbian Muslims who have navigated this journey well and have learned how to live with their self esteem intact and their spiritual journey rich and wonderful.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
As in all Western religions, there is little in the texts about this. What little is there is defined in terms of "spilling of seed" related to ancient notions about procreation (the male puts a complete miniature human into the garden of the female who supplies nothing else). So male homosexuality can be religiously opposed. None of these religions have anything to say about lesbianism.
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A 20-year-old member asked:

Buen da doctor (a) tengo una duda :si dos hombres homosexuales tienen relaciones sexuales sin proteccin pero estos tienen una relacin mutuamente monogama y ninguno de las dos personas est infectado de VIHPueden contraer VIH?

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Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
Specializes in General Practice
TRANSMISIÓN VIH: Solamente ciertos líquidos corporales —la sangre, el semen, el líquido preseminal, las secreciones rectales etc — de una persona que tiene el VIH pueden transmitir el virus. Si ambos tienen la certeza con una prueba confirmatoria de que no están infectados y son monogamos no tienen por qué contraerlo. Sin embargo tener relaciones sexuales sin protección pueden contraer otro ETS

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