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Research news in clinical context
  1. Kristine Shields1,
  2. Rayner Kay Jin Tan2,
  3. Stefano Rusconi3,4,
  4. Chen Xiang-Sheng5,6
  1. 1 Shields Medical Writing, Pipersville, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2 Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  3. 3 Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  4. 4 Infectious Diseases Unit, DIBIC Luigi Sacco, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  5. 5 Deputy Director, National Center for STD Control, Nanjing, China
  6. 6 Professor, Institute of Dermatology, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Nanjing, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kristine Shields, Shields Medical Writing, Pipersville, PA 18947, USA; kristine.e.shields.drph{at}

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The COVID-19 pandemic is thought to disproportionately threaten the health of underserved and underinvestigated populations. To investigate the impact of COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures on MSM, an international team did a cross-sectional study that included 2732 MSM from 103 countries who responded to a questionnaire distributed through a gay social networking app. Findings suggest that the spread of COVID-19, and the global response to contain it, has variably disrupted economic, mental health, general health and clinical services among MSM populations, with a greater impact on those living with HIV, racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, sex workers and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. As COVID-19 may deepen health disparities and social inequalities, continued monitoring and creative strategies are needed to mitigate reduction in access to services for MSM with intersecting vulnerabilities.

Santos GM, Ackerman B, Rao A, et al. Economic, mental health, HIV prevention and HIV treatment impacts of COVID-19 and the COVID-19 response on a global sample of cisgender gay men and other men who have sex with men. AIDS Beha 2020; 11:1–11.

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In a retrospective study of MSM in Melbourne, Australia, researchers examined the association between sexual positioning and a diagnosis of primary (n=338) or secondary (n=221) syphilis. Of 247 penile chancres, 244 (98.7%) occurred in MSM who reported versatile or exclusive top sexual positioning. Of 77 anal chancres, 75 (97.4%) occurred in MSM who reported versatile or exclusive …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors The first draft came from all four authors. Each were responsible for one or more synopses. All authors read and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.