Sexually Transmitted Infections and Men who have Sex with Men in the UK: 2011 Report
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HIV and STI specific MSM data
Sexual Health Messages:
Men who have sex with men can reduce their risk of getting or transmitting HIV, or a sexually transmitted infection, by:
- Always using a condom correctly and consistently when having sex with new or casual partners, until all partners have had a sexual health screen.
- Avoiding overlapping sexual relationships and reducing their number of sexual partners.
- Having an HIV and STI screen at least annually, and every three months if having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
- Unprotected sex with casual and new partners who are believed to be of the same HIV status (serosorting) is unsafe. For HIV positive men, serosorting poses a risk of acquiring other STIs and hepatitis with serious treatment implications. For HIV negative MSM it carries the risk of HIV transmission (as a fifth of HIV positive MSM are unaware of their infection), as well as acquiring STIs.
How to get an HIV test:
Annual Reports and Related Information
MSM HIV Data
HIV Data for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
Added/updated: 4 April 2013