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How can we enhance sexual health outcomes in men who have sex with men in Lebanon?
  1. Ismael Maatouk1,2,
  2. Moubadda Assi3,
  3. Rusi Jaspal2
  1. 1Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  2. 2De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Surveillance Officer, National AIDS Program, Beirut, Lebanon
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ismael Maatouk, Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut 11-2555, Lebanon; ismaelmaatouk{at}

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In Lebanese men who have sex with men (MSM), the prevalence of HIV is 12% and the prevalence of having at least one symptom of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is 34.9%.1 Low HIV testing rates, unprotected unprotected sexual intercourse, alcohol and substance use contribute to this epidemic.2 Here we present data on the prevalence of STIs in a sample of MSM attending a sexual health clinic in order to identify the correlates of risk-taking behaviour, and of testing behaviour in this population. Addressing these questions is crucial for reducing the incidence of HIV/STIs and, thus, for enhancing sexual health outcomes in this high-risk population in Lebanon.

We analysed data from the medical records of MSM who presented for STI screening and treatment between 2014 and 2018 at a sexual health …

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