Mens Health Week: A focus on numbers

From 10-16 June Spectrum is marking Men’s Health Week, with a focus on ‘health by numbers’.

We are highlighting some key facts and figures relating to men’s sexual health:


  • In 2015, 94% of all syphilis diagnoses were men
  • Since 2008,syphilis diagnoses have risen by 148% (from 2,874 to 7,137), mostly among gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (referred to collectively as ‘MSM’)
  • Diagnoses of syphilis in males is much higher in males vs females
  • Diagnoses of gonorrhoea in males are much higher in males vs females
  • Less males aged 15-24 test for Chlamydia (11% vs 28%)
  • The impact of STIs remains greatest in young heterosexuals 15 to 24 years; black ethnic minorities; and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM)


  • Since 2015, there has been a marked decrease in new HIV diagnoses in MSM as a result of improvements in HIV testing and time to treatment, as well as access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and emergency Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • It is recommended for men who have sex with men (MSM) to test annually for HIV and STIs, or every 3 months if having condomless sex with new or casual partners

To find out more about Men’s Health Week, you can visit the Men’s Health Forum website here.

You can find your local Spectrum clinic here and attend for a sexual health check up.

Test your knowledge and take part in our sexual health quiz – all answers are anonymous!