Healthcare and Men who Have Sex With Men: Challenges and Opportunities


A Health Care Needs Assessment For Men Who Have Sex With Men
(PDF: 892KB/42 pages)

The needs assessment was completed April, 2008 by a team of nine second-year medical students from the University of Minnesota with the assistance of the Syphilis Elimination Project. It is the result of an extensive literature review, interviews with key informants, and focus groups of MSM health care consumers. The report describes health care gaps for MSM, examines the causes of and previous attempts to close these gaps, makes recommendations to improve health outcomes, and offers a plan for continued evaluation. You can review and download a copy of this report here.

MDH is working with health care providers and the gay and bisexual men’s communities to develop materials, trainings, and other resources to help improve medical care for men who have sex with men (MSM). The plan for 2008 includes clinician trainings, clinic brown bags, and consumer education and resources.

Outline of the plan

Resources for working with men who have sex with men

Materials may be viewed and downloaded here, or ordered via the syphilis elimination toolkit.

Training/informational materials:
MSM: Clinician’s Guide to Incorporating Sexual Risk Assessment in Routine visits (PDF: 91KB/4 pages)
Creating a Safe Clinical Environment for Men who Have Sex With Men (PDF: 52KB/3 pages)
Talking About Safer Sex With Your Patients (PDF: 36KB/3 pages)
10 Tips for Working with Transgender Individuals (PDF: 117KB/3 pages)
Tips for Working With Bisexually Identified and Behaviorally-Bisexual clients (PDF: 27KB/2 pages)

Downloadable posters:

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To order 8”x10” or 11”x17” posters by mail, use our on-line order form.

For more information on syphilis, call 651-201-5414

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Updated Monday, 19-May-2014 09:35:04 CDT