Syphilis, Healthcare and Men who Have Sex with Men
Important information for health professionals on working with men who have sex with men.
The role of the primary care physician as a steward of general health and wellness puts them in a unique position to perform sexual health risk assessment and sexually transmitted disease screenings for their MSM patients. Sensitivity training for clinic personnel and providers will help a clinic become more welcoming. Coupled with inclusive language on clinic forms and visual cues like non-heteronormative posters and brochures, this may result in an MSM patient deciding to stay for his appointment instead of leaving for fear of stigma or judgment.
- Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men (PDF)
Article in the May 1, 2004 issue of the American Family Physician.
MSM: Clinician’s Guide to Incorporating Sexual Risk Assessment in Routine Visits
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, May 9, 2002.
Resources for working with MSM
- 10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients: Transgender Law Center
Brochure from the Transgender Law Center.
- Syphilis Print Materials
Fact sheets, brochures, flyers, signs, posters, and other materials about syphilis that you can print and use.
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