The Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) Project: Reducing the Risk of HIV/STD Infection

Published: May 15, 2013

The Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) project is an innovative, school-focused priority of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). In August 2011, DASH, in collaboration with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), launched a new initiative to address the HIV and STD prevention needs of black and Latino YMSM. The project funded three non-governmental organizations to facilitate activities through schools, community-based organizations, and health departments in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Project strategies are guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Adobe PDF file [pdf 974k]External Web Site Icon.

Three interconnected circles defining YMSM: Identity, Attraction and Behavior

The goal of the YMSM Project is to reduce the risk of HIV and STD infection in male students (ages 13–19) who identify as gay or bisexual; are attracted to other males; and/or engage in sexual behavior with other males. To accomplish this goal, the project works to

    improve access for YMSM to age- and identity-appropriate HIV/STD prevention education and health and mental health care needs.
    increase regular, routine HIV and STD testing in schools and clinics.
    reduce absenteeism and school drop-out among YMSM.

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