This upward trend contrasts with gonorrhea rates seen in heterosexual men visiting the clinic, which fell from 8.2 percent in 1995 to 5.7 percent in 1999.
The increase in gonorrhea among MSM was accompanied by an increase in the reported rate of anal intercourse, which increased from a stable level of 55 percent through the end of 1996 to 79.1 percent in 1999. D., of the University of Washington and his colleagues reported that the epidemic of bacterial STDs, including syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, continued to grow among MSM in King County, Wash., during the first 10 months of this year.
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In the month following the awareness campaign, there was an 18 percent increase in the number of gay men evaluated at the city's STD clinic, and there are plans to expand the campaign with the Internet service providers. D., of the AMC Cancer Research Center collaborated with the Denver Public Health Department to conduct a survey to determine whether sexual partners who meet over the Internet are more likely to practice risky sexual behaviors.
Bull and her colleagues analyzed surveys from 4,601 respondents, aged 18 years or older, who were living in North America.
Among MSM surveyed at STD clinics, rectal gonorrhea or chlamydia was found in 10.8 percent of HIV-negative men and 14.7 percent of HIV-positive men.
A significant proportion of MSM surveyed acknowledged that they had used drugs in the preceding two months, with higher rates of drug use among HIV-positive men.Most of the MSM with syphilis (73 percent) were also infect with HIV.These data represent a dramatic resurgence of the disease in the county, where just four years earlier, in 1996, there were no syphilis cases.MILWAUKEE (December 5, 2000) - Many gay and bisexual men lack key information about syphilis, including how to identify signs and symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), according to a study presented at the National STD Prevention Conference being held Dec. The study comes as increasing evidence - including new studies presented at the STD conference - indicates that the annual incidence of syphilis and other STDs is rising among gay men in a number of U. cities."Syphilis and other STDs that many have long forgotten continue to pose a significant health risk to gay men," said Helene Gayle, M. "Efforts to prevent sexually transmitted diseases must be revitalized and reshaped to stop this increasing toll."Based on a survey of 683 men who have sex with men (MSM) attending a gay event in Chicago, researchers found that 42.5 percent of those surveyed did not know that syphilis facilitates HIV transmission, and 52.3 percent were unaware that syphilis is increasing among gay men in some communities. H., deputy director of CDC's HIV, STD and TB programs, the findings do not imply that gay and bisexual men are less knowledgeable about syphilis than other groups at risk, but are likely indicative of a low level of understanding across the entire population. H., director of CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP).The responses indicated that 55.8 percent of partners who made contact on the Internet used condoms the last time they had anal or vaginal intercourse, compared to 40.8 percent of non-Internet partners, suggesting that while people who seek partners over the Internet do engage in STD risk behaviors, they may actually be more likely to use condoms than those who seek partners offline.