The transmission of disease through sexual contact occurs at much higher rates in gay/bisexual individuals than in heterosexual clients. Every year in the United States, there are approximately 31,000 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in MSM . Though the percentage of these clients in the population as a whole in that country is quite small, their acquisition of HIV is a large portion of all new yearly cases.
This disproportionate occurrence in MSM mandates a patient care protocol which will prevent spread of these medical conditions. First, they need screening for the presence of sexually transmitted diseases once or twice a year . Second, they need education about the ways these infections transmit and what measures are available to dramatically lower the number of cases.