By Frank Spinelli, M D

Originally published on 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: