Since reports of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV began to emerge in the United States in the s, the HIV epidemic has frequently been linked to gay , bisexual , and other men who have sex with men MSM by epidemiologists and medical professionals. The first official report on the virus was published by the Center for Disease Control CDC on June 5, and detailed the cases of five young gay men who were hospitalized with serious infections. It is now well understood that HIV does not only affect the gay community but can also infect anybody, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Men who have sex with men abbreviated as MSM , also known as males who have sex with males are male persons who engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, regardless of how they personally identify themselves. Many MSM choose not to or cannot for other reasons identify as homosexual or bisexual. Determining the number of men who have ever had sex with another man is difficult worldwide.
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My life in sex: the man who sleeps with straight men
The advent of the internet has made these discreet, anonymous encounters with curious men incredibly easy. There is little, or nothing, in the way of guilt. I was initially sceptical, but this arrangement seems to work for everyone: the wife knows she has no competition from another woman; the husband knows he does not want a life with another man.
Men who have sex with men MSM , also known as males who have sex with males , are male persons who engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, regardless of how they identify themselves. The term MSM was created in the s by epidemiologists to study the spread of disease among men who have sex with men, regardless of identity. It does not describe any specific sexual activity, and which activities are covered by the term depends on context. First, it was pursued by epidemiologists seeking behavioral categories that would offer better analytical concepts for the study of disease-risk than identity-based categories such as "gay", " bisexual ", or "straight" , because a man who self-identifies as gay or bisexual is not necessarily sexually active with men, and someone who identifies as straight might be sexually active with men.