Prioritizing the Health of MSM: Extragenital STD Screening Call-to-Action

The National Coalition of STD Directors’ Gay Men’s Health Equity Work Group developed a Call-to-Action and supplemental infographics encouraging improved STD screening of men who have sex with men (MSM), specifically of the throat and rectum.

Per the executive summary:

Though many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain undiagnosed and unreported, 2016 was the third consecutive year in which national increases were seen in reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis infections.  Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by these STDs.1 STD screening of MSM, specifically of the throat and rectum, needs to improve. This is a call to action for health departments and medical providers to normalize extragenital STD screening, also known as 3-site testing.

Read the full call-to-action to learn more.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments’ best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO’s communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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