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How to Improve Gay Men's Sexual Health

By Megan Canon, M.P.H.

February 25, 2014

Think tank participants at San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Think tank participants at San Francisco AIDS Foundation

To even begin to talk about new HIV prevention tools like PrEP, providers and clients must also be able to talk about sexual health. But we know from research and personal experience that even basic conversations around sexual health aren't happening consistently.

How do we improve how providers and clients talk about gay men's sexual health, HIV prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis? And more specifically, what opportunity does PrEP offer to advance conversations between providers and clients around gay men's sexual health?

These are questions San Francisco AIDS Foundation posed to more than 20 of the country's thought leaders and experts in HIV and gay men's sexual health at a think tank meeting held in San Francisco in December 2013.

"Having infectious disease specialists, community service providers, public health officials, government representatives, researchers, and HIV prevention research advocates all at the same table was invaluable to discussing the future of gay men's sexual health," said Judy Auerbach, senior advisor to San Francisco AIDS Foundation and think-tank facilitator.

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