The incidence of primary and secondary syphilis and antimicrobial-resistant gonorrhea is greater among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men than it is among women, according to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Unfortunately, cases are spiking.

What's more, men who have sex with men are more susceptible to other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and human papillomavirus (HPV), the latter of which can cause genital or anal warts, and possibly lead to cancer.

Hispanic men and other racial minorities, as well as men from lower socioeconomic groups, are disproportionately at risk of STDs. The CDC suggests this higher risk may be related to different cultural experiences of stigma, as well as less access to screening and treatment. 

Why are the numbers rising?

Another keynote from the 2018 CDC report linked the rise of STDs in men who have sex with men to increased budget cuts for state STD screening programs