Health Alerts

Men who have sex with men (MSM) often face dangerous and widespread health issues, many of which are ignored by the local media. As a response, the Pitt Men’s Study and the HIV Prevention and Care Project provide free Health Alerts to the community via an email list service and Facebook page.

The Health Alerts list service provides important health-related bulletins to men who have sex with men. These bulletins are backed by 25 years of experience (through the Pitt Men’s Study medical staff) in working with a diverse group of MSM. Individuals interested in subscribing to the service can send an email to with the word subscribe in the subject line. You will then receive a confirmation message to verify your email address. Members can unsubscribe at any time, and email addresses will be kept private and confidential.

Previous Health Alerts:

Antibiotic-resistant Gonorrhea on the rise – July 10, 2017
Syphilis rates among gay men more than 100x greater – April 17, 2017
Find PrEP providers in your area with the PrEP Locator – March 3, 2017

Smoking may be more likely to kill HIV patients than the virus – November 7, 2016
Optimal Care Checklist available for men who have sex with men – August 29, 2016
A silent LGBT epidemic – June 30, 2016
Pennsylvania still experiencing alarming increase in new syphilis infections – May 10, 2016
“1 in 2 black men (who have sex with men) will get HIV” – February 24, 2016

New study finds zero new HIV infections among PrEP users – September 2015
Gonorrhea rising among gay and bi men – August 2015
H.I.V. treatment should start at diagnosis, U.S. health officials say – May 2015 11 bad habits killing LGBT people – April 1, 2015

“Syphilis is like the canary in the coal mine for HIV” – December 23, 2014
Syphilis infections among gay and bi men growing at an alarming rate – November 2014
The treatment cascade in the United States – overall picture for gay men is poor – October 2014
Hookups via Apps (like Grindr and Scruff) increase risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea – July 2014
HIV associated with increased risk of melanoma – May 7 2014
Being out to your doctor is important for your overall health – March 20 2014

Sharp increase in rates of unprotected sex among gay and bi men – December 18 2013
Flu shot if you’re HIV + – November 19 2013
HIV still and epidemic among men who have sex with men – August 9 2013
Meningococcal meningitis – June 4 2013
Expanded vaccination recommendation to MSM who traveled to NYC  – April 3 2013
Grindr users engaged in risky habits – February 13 2013
Research supports high-dose flu vaccine for HIV+ – January 3, 2013

Syphilis rates increasing among gay and bi men – December 14, 2012
Allegheny County health director urges flu vaccinations – December 6, 2012
CDC highlights the importance of HIV testing among youth – November 28, 2012
Is oral sex safe? – September 24, 2012
Gay men at risk for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea – February 24, 2012
Shigella – January 17, 2012

Syphilis Rates on the Rise for Young Black Gay Men – November 28, 2011
Hepatitis C surpasses HIV in U.S. – November 15, 2011