Gay and bisexual men's health

Topic Selected: AIDS & HIV

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Despite the focus of the NHS on the sexual health of gay and bisexual men and the acknowledged benefits of early HIV diagnosis and regular testing, many gay and bisexual men have never been tested for sexually transmitted infections or HIV.

 

Sexually transmitted infections

One in four (26 per cent) gay and bisexual men have never been tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

More than four in five (83 per cent) gay and bisexual men who have never been tested said: ‘I don’t think I’m at risk’. One in seven (13 per cent) are ‘scared’ to have a test. One in eleven (nine per cent) said they are ‘too busy’.

‘I've never had any symptoms and therefore not sought help.’ Aaron, 44

‘I know I should have one but I’ve never made the effort.’ Tyler, 33

‘It is difficult to access STI and HIV testing and face-to-face advice when working. Serv

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