The trouble with "MSM" and "WSW": erasure of the sexual-minority person in public health discourse.

  title={The trouble with "MSM" and "WSW": erasure of the sexual-minority person in public health discourse.},
  author={Rebecca M. Young and Ilan H. Meyer},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={95 7},
Men who have sex with men (MSM) and women who have sex with women (WSW) are purportedly neutral terms commonly used in public health discourse. However, they are problematic because they obscure social dimensions of sexuality; undermine the self-labeling of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people; and do not sufficiently describe variations in sexual behavior.MSM and WSW often imply a lack of lesbian or gay identity and an absence of community, networks, and relationships in which same-gender… 
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