Optimal Care Checklist available for men who have sex with men

for men onlyWhether you are gay, bisexual or any man who has sex with other men (MSM), there are certain health issues that are important for you to talk about with your doctor. This brochure entitled Your Sexual Health, published by the National Coalition of STD Directors and the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, is designed to help you get important health care specific to the wellbeing of gay and bi men.

Issues such as Pre-Exposure Prophylactics (PrEP), rising STD rates in the community, getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) are just a few of the topics you might want to discuss with your health care provider. Your Sexual Health can help you break the ice. Being informed is an important first step in protecting yourself and your community.

“Why the hell are you on PrEP if you don’t do bareback?”

From the Advocate.com

PrEP and CondomsI started taking Truvada — the regimen otherwise known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, which greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission among HIV-negative folks — a few months ago and have been asked this question ever since. For many gay and bi men I’ve talked to on Grindr, taking a daily pill like PrEP can seem like an unnecessary hassle and an unwarranted waste of money if you aren’t also having condomless sex. The fact of the matter is, I am devoted to PrEP, but I have absolutely no interest in doing bareback. If you’re anything like me, and you have to field questions like this with some frequency, here are some good justifications to cite.