Health Alerts

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently been reporting a record increase in cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea—after these diseases had been on the decline for several previous years. HIV infections continue to increase as well, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM).  Even worse, catching both HIV and one or more STDs can lead to particularly rapid and damaging health outcomes.

As a result, health experts across the country (including here at the Pitt Men’s Study) recommend that all sexually active men get a full screening for STD, especially HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis.

To find testing near you, go to the CDC’s testing locator and enter your zip code to find local free testing. The best way to protect your health is to get tested.

 

About Health Alerts

Men who have sex with men (MSM) often face dangerous and widespread health issues, many of which are ignored by the local media. As a response, the Pitt Men’s Study and the HIV Prevention and Care Project provide free Health Alert bulletins to the community via an email list service.

Health Alerts are backed by 25 years of experience (through the Pitt Men’s Study medical staff) in working with a diverse group of MSM. Individuals interested in subscribing to the service can send an email to PMS@stophiv.pitt.edu with the word subscribe in the subject line. You will then receive a confirmation message to verify your email address. Members can unsubscribe at any time, and email addresses will be kept private and confidential.

A sample of previous Health Alerts listed on the Pitt Men’s Study Website: