This November, researchers at the University of Minnesota retired the Man-to-Man Sexual Health Seminars, an in-person sexual health education and support program that ran for nearly 20 years. The move was made to make way for more online-based HIV/STD prevention interventions for men seeking men (MSM).
But while Man-to-Man is now retired, the important role it played in the homosexual community shouldn’t be forgotten.
In the 1980’s homosexuality was less accepted that it is today. Less was understood about what it meant to “be gay.” As a result, there weren’t many resources for people coming out or who had come out but wanted to know more about the potential health impacts of their lifestyle. Information about STD’s was scant, and HIV and AIDS were often misunderstood.