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Health Care Use and Opportunities for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men

Meites, Elissa MD, MPH*; Krishna, Nevin K. MS, MPH; Markowitz, Lauri E. MD*; Oster, Alexandra M. MD

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31827b9e89
Note/Case Report

We studied 2941 young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men using National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System data. Within the past 12 months, 88.9% used health care, suggesting many opportunities for recommended care including human papillomavirus vaccination. However, only 61.3% disclosed male-male sexual attraction/behavior to a provider, which may result in some opportunities being missed.

Among 2941 young men who have sex with men, 88.9% used health care, suggesting many human papillomavirus vaccination opportunities. Only 61.3% disclosed male-male sexual attraction/behavior to a provider, which may result in some opportunities being missed.

From the Divisions of *STD Prevention and †HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

We thank Binh C. Le, MD, for his assistance with data analysis, all National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System participants for their key contributions, and the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System investigators for their important work: Atlanta, GA: Jennifer Taussig, Robert Gern, Tamika Hoyte, and Laura Salazar; Baltimore, MD: Colin Flynn and Frangiscos Sifakis; Boston, MA: Debbie Isenberg, Maura Driscoll, and Elizabeth Hurwitz; Chicago, IL: Nikhil Prachand and Nanette Benbow; Dallas, TX: Sharon Melville, Praveen Pannala, Richard Yeager, Aaron Sayegh, Jim Dyer, and Alicia Novoa; Denver, CO: Mark Thrun, Alia Al-Tayyib, and Ralph Wilmoth; Detroit, MI: Emily Higgins, Vivian Griffin, and Eve Mokotoff; Houston, TX: Marcia Wolverton, Jan Risser, and Hafeez Rehman; Los Angeles, CA: Trista Bingham and Ekow Sey; Miami, FL: Marlene LaLota, Lisa Metsch, Dano Beck, and David Forrest; Nassau-Suffolk, NY: Chris Nemeth and Carol-Ann Watson; New Orleans, LA: Billy Robinson and Deann Gruber; New York City, NY: Chris Murrill, Alan Neaigus, Samuel Jenness, Holly Hagan, and Travis Wendel; Newark, NJ: Helene Cross, Barbara Bolden, and Sally D’Errico; Philadelphia, PA: Kathleen Brady and Althea Kirkland; San Diego, CA: Vanessa Miguelino and Al Velasco; San Francisco, CA: Henry Raymond and Willi McFarland; San Juan, PR: Sandra Miranda De León and Yadira Rolón-Colón; Seattle, WA: Maria Courogen, Hanne Thiede, Nadine Snyder, and Richard Burt; St Louis, MO: Michael Herbert, Yelena Friedberg, Dale Wrigley, and Jacob Fisher; Washington, DC: Paul Cunningham, Marie Sansone, Tiffany West-Ojo, Manya Magnus, and Irene Kuo; and the Behavioral Surveillance Team, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Supported by the CDC.

Conflicts of interest: None declared.

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.

Correspondence: Elissa Meites, MD, MPH, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS E-02, Atlanta, GA 30333. Email: emeites@cdc.gov.

Received for publication June 21, 2012, and accepted October 29, 2012.

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