Factors Affecting the Incidence and Management of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Homosexual Men

  • Terry Alan Sandholzer


According to Kinsey, between 4% and 10% of the adult white male population practice homosexuality exclusively for a significant portion of their lives.1 This population is held responsible for at least a third of the national cases of infectious syphilis2 and a high, although unknown, number of cases of gonorrhea. Further, among homosexual men, a continuously increasing incidence of hepatitis A and B, 3,4 shigellosis and giardiasis,5 and herpes6 has been reported. Since 1981, a totally new set of diseases relating to immune deficiency dysfunction has been linked to patterns of homosexual male behavior. These epidemics and near-epidemics of heretofore low-incidence diseases within the homosexual male population are causing anxious concern among the health care professionals most responsible for their control and present a challenge to existing clinical protocols, medical curricula, attitudes toward homosexuality and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and health care funding policies.


Venereal Disease Human Sexuality Heterosexual Population Public Health Physician Latent Syphilis 
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  • Terry Alan Sandholzer
    • 1
  1. 1.San FranciscoUSA

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