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Research Finds Steroid Use Much Higher Among Gay And Bisexual Teen Boys Published: February 4, 2014

Twenty-one percent of boys who identify as gay or bisexual say they have used steroids. That’s compared to just 4% of straight boys, according to a study published by The American Academy of Pediatrics Journal that compares “the lifetime prevalence of anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) misuse among sexual minority versus heterosexual US adolescent boys,” and attempts explain the differences, according to

Reasons for the increase in steroid use are unclear, but researchers say it’s possible gay and bisexual boys feel more pressure to have a muscular, stereotypical male physique or they think muscle-building will fend off bullies.

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