HAVE A HEALTHY & SAFE SEX LIFE!
USE A CONDOM
Just like all other men, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men need to know how to protect themselves, respectively. For all men, heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death. However, compared to other men, African-American gay, bisexual and MSM have higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Be SMART & Choose to Use A Condom
When used consistently and the right way every time, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If condoms are paired with other options like PrEP or ART, they provide an additional layer of protection. Honestly, there really is no better way of protecting yourself than to use condoms correctly and consistently (unless you decide to abstain from sex altogether).
STOP the Spread of HIV & STIs
How To Use A Condom
*Be sure to check the expiration date
Why Should Gay & Bisexual Men Use A Condom?
The truth is the risk is real if you are having unprotected sex. In 2016, a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (based on HIV diagnosis and death rates from 2009 – 2013) found that one in six gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV: 1 in 2 blacks; 1 in 4 Hispanics; 1 in 11 whites. In contrast, the rate of infection for heterosexual men is 1 in 473.
The CDC report also found that people living in parts of the South are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared to other Americans. The top three risk areas: Washington D.C., 1 in 13; Maryland, 1 in 49; Georgia, 1 in 51.
YES! – You read that correctly; it’s estimated that half of all African-American gay and bisexual men will be infected with HIV during their lifetime. Additionally, young men (ages 13 – 24 yrs old) who have sex with men are among the groups with the fastest growing rates of new cases of HIV.