STI testing in men

Sexually transmitted infections are alive and well with all sexually active men at risk of infections if they are having unprotected sex with casual partners, or their regular partner is having sex outside of the relationship or serial monogamy. They can cause a variety of symptoms but are usually asymptomatic.

The main risk for young heterosexual males is urethral chlamydia infection, and they should be offered a yearly urine PCR as a screening test. HIV, syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are common infections in men having sex with men (MSM). Comprehensive MSM screening guidelines are available here.

A CPD event (4 Cat 2 QI&CPD points) on Men’s Sexual Health will be held on Thursday 24 August at the CESPHN Ashfield office, Level 1, 158 Liverpool Road, Ashfield. Click here for details.