BY Frank Spinelli, M D
September 30 2009 12:00 AM ET
Due to higher rates of anonymous sex, multiple partners, and sex associated with Internet chat rooms, gay men have a higher risk of contracting STDs. Common STDs include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, pubic lice, scabies, human papillomavirus (HPV), and hepatitis A, B, and C. To reduce your chances of infection, follow these suggestions:
- Use condoms correctly every time you have sex
- Urinate after ejaculation
- Limit your number of sex partners
- Get in the habit of asking your partner whether he’s been tested
- If you think you are infected, avoid sexual contact and see a doctor
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