sexually transmitted diseases (stds) have been rising among gay and bisexual men, with increases in syphilis being seen across the country. In 2014, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men accounted for 83 of primary and secondary syphilis cases where sex of sex partner was known in the united states. School health programs can help young people adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support their health and well-beingincluding behaviors that can reduce their risk for hiv and other stds. Hiv, std, and teen pregnancy prevention programs in schools should. Provide health information that is basic, accurate, and directly contributes to. , cancer- related risk indicators and preventive screening behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women, american journal of public health, 91(4) 591-597 (april 2001) juliet richters, sara lubowitz, et al. , hiv risks among women in contact with sydneys gay and lesbian community, venereology, 11(3) 35-38 (1998) juliet richters, sarah. the incidence of many stds in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (msm)including primary and secondary (p&s) syphilis and antimicrobial-resistant gonorrheais greater than that reported in women and men who have sex with women only (msw). the large percentage of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who have hiv and stds means that, as a group, they have a higher chance of being exposed to these diseases. Too many men dont know their hiv or std status (if they have a disease or not), which means they may not get medical care and are more likely to unknowingly spread these diseases to their sexual partners. We examined disparities in risk determinants and risk behaviors for sexually transmitted infections (stis) between gay-identified, bisexual-identified, and heterosexual-identified young men who have sex with men (ymsm) and heterosexual-identified young men who have sex with women (ymsw) using a school-based sample of us sexually active adolescent males. The gay communitys defense of promiscuity as central to their identity leads to a defense of venues that make the acquisition of multiple, anonymous parties possible, which in turn leads to a need for drugs to sustain their sexual availability, and overcome concerns about the risks, all of which leads to exposure to stds including hiv and puts in jeopardy those already hiv positive.