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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Supplement 1, pp 9–17 | Cite as

Sexual Health, HIV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States

  • Richard J. WolitskiEmail author
  • Kevin A. Fenton
Original Paper

Abstract

The sexual health of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States is not getting better despite considerable social, political and human rights advances. Instead of improving, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain disproportionately high among MSM and have been increasing for almost two decades. The disproportionate and worsening burden of HIV and other STIs among MSM requires an urgent re-assessment of what we have been doing as a nation to reduce these infections, how we have been doing it, and the scale of our efforts. A sexual health approach has the potential to improve our understanding of MSM’s sexual behavior and relationships, reduce HIV and STI incidence, and improve the health and well-being of MSM.

Keywords

Homosexuality, male Sexuality HIV infections/epidemiology Sexually transmitted diseases/epidemiology Health promotion Health policy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to John Douglas for information he provided on sexually transmitted infections among MSM and his leadership on sexual health issues at CDC.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionNational Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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