In a new study by researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee, about 71 percent of some 270 gay man interviewed in Milwaukee said their primary care physician knew about their sexual orientation. Doctors for only about half, however, had recommended HIV testing.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends such testing for anyone, ages 13 to 64, regardless of sexual orientation, according to lead author Andrew Petroll, an assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at MCW’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research. But it’s especially important for gay men, he says.
“Performing HIV tests in gay men who are sexually active is essential since, as a group, their sex partners are more likely to have HIV than most heterosexual individuals,” Petroll says.
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