The Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) Project:
Reducing the Risk of HIV/STD Infection
The Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) project is an innovative, school-focused priority of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). In August 2011, DASH, in collaboration with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), launched a new initiative to address the HIV and STD prevention needs of black and Latino YMSM. The project currently funds Advocates for Youth, Los Angeles Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and the School Board of Broward County, Florida to facilitate activities through schools, community-based organizations, and health departments in these respective sites. Collectively, these organizations will implement multiple activities to meet the local HIV/STD prevention needs of YMSM. Project strategies are guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy [pdf 974k].
The goal of the YMSM Project is to reduce the risk of HIV and STD infection in male students (ages 13–19) who identify as gay or bisexual; are attracted to other males; and/or engage in sexual behavior with other males. To accomplish this goal, the project works to
- improve access for YMSM to age- and identity-appropriate HIV/STD prevention education and health and mental health care needs.
- increase regular, routine HIV and STD testing in schools and clinics.
- reduce absenteeism and school drop-out among YMSM.
HIV/STD Among YMSM: Facts at a Glance
To learn more about this project, please visit YMSM Project Strategies.
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