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Understanding the diverse sexual repertoires of men who have sex with men, trans and gender-diverse groups is important for sexually transmitted infection prevention
  1. Daniel Richardson1,2,
  2. Kate Z Nambiar2,3,
  3. Tom Nadarzynski4
  1. 1Sexual Health & HIV, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  2. 2Sexual Health & HIV, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  3. 3Gender Identity Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  4. 4Social Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Richardson, Sexual health & HIV, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton BN1 9PX, UK; daniel.richardson7{at}nhs.net

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The sexual repertoires of men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (trans) and gender-diverse groups are poorly understood despite their disproportionate rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The interrelated landscapes and syndemics of the social and sexual behaviour of MSM, trans and gender-diverse groups, and transmission of STIs have changed beyond recognition over the past 20 years.1–3 We are only beginning to understand the complex and evolving sexual behaviours of MSM in mainly urbanised Western populations such as described in the article by Kilner et al.4 The majority of our understanding of sexual behaviour in the trans population comes from studies of trans women, with much less being understood about trans men and almost nothing about non-binary or other gender-diverse people.5 Little is also known about the sexual behaviours of sexual orientations such as pansexual or individuals who mainly have sex with trans or non-binary people, for whom we still lack clear terminology. It is time we included all sexual and gender minorities in behavioural and epidemiological research of this kind.

The changes in the complex sexual and social lives of MSM has been driven partly by social networking, information technology and the increasing social acceptability of MSM in some societies. The internet, and in particular geosocial mobile phone apps, have transformed the way and frequency that individuals and groups meet socially and for …

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  • Contributors DR drafted the manuscript, KZN and TN revised the manuscript and all authors contributed to the final manuscript.

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