Men’s sexual health is an important aspect of men’s health.
Whether you’re trying to prevent pregnancy, HIV, or concerned about erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate health, or other men’s health problems remember---ask questions, educate yourself, eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and see a health care provider for regular monitoring of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Routine testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is another important part of your sexual health.
Men who are living with HIV and those at risk for getting HIV are a priority. Heterosexual men (men who only have sex with women) should be tested at least once a year. Gay (men who have sex with only men) and bisexual (men who have sex with both men and women) men should be tested every 3 to 6 months. Men who use injection drugs should also get tested every 3 to 6 months. You are in control of your health, so remember - always use condoms, get tested on a regular basis, and stay informed.
Georgia Quick Facts
- A total of 54,754 persons have been diagnosed with HIV as of December 31, 2015.
- An estimated 81% or 2,220 persons diagnosed with HIV in 2015 were men.
- Men are at highest risk for getting HIV (particularly men who have sex with men).
CDC Quick Facts
- At the end of 2010, men accounted for 76% of individuals living with HIV in the United States.
- Men make up 80% of new HIV infections in the United States and of this number, 76% are MSM.
- As of 2011, 75% of estimated AIDS diagnoses in the United States were among males.
- The CDC estimates that 1 in 51 men will receive a diagnosis of HIV at some point during their lifetime.
- Greater percentages of undiagnosed HIV in men are attributed to male-to-male sexual contact and heterosexual contact compared to other methods of transmission, such as injection drug use.
What can I do?
- Get in the know: find trustworthy information about HIV from such sites as HIV.gov, CDC.gov, or the Georgia Department of Public Health.
- Take the test: Ask your doctor for an HIV test or go to your nearby health department.
- Take control: Use a condom any time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
- Don’t be afraid to ask: Before having sex with a new partner for the first time, ask when was the last time they got tested.
To learn more about ways to protect yourself, where to get tested, and where to get treatment, visit the Georgia CAPUS Resource Hub.
Page last updated 02/08/2018