MMWR News Synopsis for Friday, April 12, 2019

Extragenital Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Among Community Venue–Attending Men Who Have Sex with Men — Five Cities, United States, 2017

CDC Media Relations

New CDC data suggest gay and bisexual men are at elevated risk for STDs in the throat and rectum, which can contribute to drug-resistant gonorrhea and increase the risk of HIV infection. A new CDC analysis suggests that gay and bisexual men are at elevated risk for extragenital STDs (e.g. chlamydia or gonorrhea in the throat or rectum), which can be difficult to treat, lead to drug resistance, and increase the risk of HIV infection. Researchers used CDC’s National HIV Behavioral Surveillance data to estimate the prevalence of extragenital STDs among gay and bisexual men in community venues in five U.S. cities. Findings show 1 in 8 (13%) of the study’s participants had at least one extragenital STD infection. Additionally, while CDC recommends STD testing for all sexually active gay and bisexual men at least once a year, the study found that one-third (33%) of gay and bisexual men in the study were not tested for an STD in the previous 12 months.

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