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Gay and Bi Men

Although HIV is an equal opportunity virus, in Montana men who have sex with other men (MSM) continue to be disproportionately infected and affected by HIV. In 2008, 73% of newly diagnosed HIV cases in Montana were males. Men who have sex with men make up nearly 2/3 of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Montana.

There are many ways in which you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections:

  • Talk about HIV and other STIs with each partner before you have sex. 
  • Learn as much about each partner’s past behavior and consider the risks to your health before you have sex. 
  • Get tested for HIV. Men who have sex with other men should get tested every three to six months. 
  • Use a latex condom and lubricant every time you have sex.   
  • If you think you may have been exposed to another STI such as gonorrhea or syphilis, get treatment. An STI can increase your risk of getting HIV. 
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B viruses. 
  • There are still risks even if both you and your partner have HIV. Use a condom and lube to prevent other STIs and possible infection with a different strain of HIV.

In addition to Missoula AIDS Council’s regular testing hours, MSM can also receive free and anonymous testing on Thursday evenings from 5-7 p.m.