Second National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2010 - 2013

6.1.3 Gay men and other men who have sex with men

Page last updated: July 2010

The health promotion components of the proposed National Gay Men’s Syphilis Action Plan will need to explicitly and effectively address sexual risk and responsibility for a highly literate, well informed and sexually adventurous group of gay men who are at high risk for STIs and HIV transmission.

The effectiveness of peer-based responses to HIV has been clearly demonstrated in gay communities. The challenge is to promote risk reduction and safe behaviour among gay and other men who have sex with men while acknowledging the changing nature of Australia’s gay communities. Prevention programs will respond to the cultural diversity of gay men (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men), transgender people, sistergirls, and gay men from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.