Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men

Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men

This article addresses recommended screenings that physicians should conduct for men who have sex with men.

Author: Daniel Knight M.D. Source: American Academy of Family Physicians Journal: American Family Physician Journal Details: Vol: 69 Issue: 9, pages 2149 - 2156 Origin Country: United States Publish Date: 2006 Publication City: Leawood, KS Languages: .Resource Type: , .Resource Topics: , .Target Audiences: . Last Modified: 2017-11-23

Men who have sex with men often do not reveal their sexual practices or sexual orientation to their physician. Lack of disclosure from the patient, discomfort or inadequate training of the physician, perceived or real hostility from medical staff, and insufficient screening guidelines limit preventive care.

Men who have sex with men may identify themselves as homosexual, bisexual, or even heterosexual. No matter what label is used, the fact is that these men are at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, anal cancer, and psychological and behavioral disorders.

This article addresses recommended screenings that physicians should conduct for men who have sex with men. The article also discusses the appropriate manner in which physicians ask questions and communicate with these clients.