Thanks to @medicasian for sharing this cool article on Preventive Health Care for Men Who Have Sex with Men. It’s written for healthcare providers, but I think it’s helpful for people to understand what they should expect from their providers.
Some interesting points I got from the article:
– Men who have sex with men comprise at least 4% of males in the U.S. and they face many barriers to receiving culturally competent, comprehensive healthcare, including preventative services.
– Health issues that have a disproportionate impact on MSM include mental health and behavioral problems, smoking and illicit substance use, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
A few things that you should be aware of when you visit your physician:
– Often STIs do not have any symptoms, but you should still be screened for them depending on your risks.
– If you have a high risk exposure to HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) should be started within 72 hours and continued for 28 days.
– Although Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can provide significant protection from HIV infection, it is not a substitute for safer sex practices.
– Make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Especially for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions and/or concerns! I can’t promise to have all the answers, but I will do my best to answer them.