New study provides a novel look at extragenital STDs in gay and bisexual men and has implications for the STD field.
An MMWR analysis released today shows that gay and bisexual men are at elevated risk for extragenital STDs (e.g., chlamydia or gonorrhea in the throat or rectum), highlighting missed opportunities for STD prevention and extragenital screening.
These data are novel in that, for the first time, they provide us with a glimpse into the STD epidemics among gay and bisexual men using population-based data versus data collected from the clinic setting.
This study has implications for the role of STD prevention in the fight against HIV. A recent study indicates that gonorrhea and chlamydia threaten advances toward ending the HIV epidemic, and research shows that rectal gonorrhea is one of the main risk factors for HIV infection.
What you need to know from the report:
Resources for Extragenital Screening:
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