Sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at greater risk for getting STIs and HIV. This CDC fact sheet tells gay, bisexual and other MSM what they need to know about STIs.
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Gay, Bisexual, and Other MSM
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent a diverse community. However, these men are disproportionately impacted by syphilis, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexually active gay, bisexual and other MSM are at greater risk for getting an STI. They have higher rates of syphilis, and more than half of all new HIV infections occur among MSM.
Many factors contribute to the higher rates of STDs among MSM:
- Higher rates of HIV and STIs among MSM increase a person’s risk of coming into contact with an infected partner and becoming infected themselves.
- Certain behaviors - such as not using condoms regularly and having anal sex - increase STD risk.
- Homophobia, stigma, and discrimination can negatively influence the health of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
The resources listed below provide an overview of the impact of STDs on MSM as well as prevention and treatment information: