Understand important health issues for gay men and men who have sex with men — from sexually transmitted infections to depression — and get tips for taking charge of your health. All men face certain health risks. However, gay men and men who have sex with men have some specific health concerns. Although your individual risks are shaped by many factors beyond your sexual orientation and practices — including family history and age — it's important to understand common health issues for gay men and steps you can take to stay healthy. Men who have sex with men are at increased risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections.
HPV: Oral Sex Risks Men Need to Know Before Performing Cunnilingus
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
For Your Health: Recommendations for A Healthier You
Back to Sexual health. Having unprotected penetrative sex is the most likely way to pass on a sexually transmitted infection STI. Men who have sex with men MSM should have a check-up at least every 6 months at a sexual health or genitourinary medicine GUM clinic. This is important, as some STIs do not cause any symptoms. Call a sexual health clinic if you need help or advice.
They still have a role to play in protecting the sexual health of gay men—since they can protect against STIs in addition to HIV. In laboratory testing, condoms used perfectly according to directions should be Since we are human and tend to not have laboratory-style sex, how well do they actually work in reality to prevent HIV for gay men?