November 7, 2013 | by Staff reports
Anal sex not only STI risk for gay men
Treponema pallidum, syphilis, STI, gay news, Washington Blade

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum. Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis. (Public domain image by the CDC)

MELBOURNE, Australia — A new study from Australia published in a scientific journal found that gay men still have a significant chance of developing syphilis and urethral gonorrhea even if they don’t have anal sex, according to an AIDSmap article.

The study involved men who have sex with men who underwent sexual health screenings at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre from 2002-2012. Researchers found a “substantial and significant” risk of the two sexually transmitted infections, not different from those who’d also reported having anal sex, the article said.

Researchers said most safer sex campaigns targeted at gay men stress the importance of condom use for anal sex, though oral sex, the article said, is much more common and also less associated with condom usage.

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