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Sex clinics show how competition can improve England’s NHS

Patients can walk into clinics without a referral, so providers have to compete for their business.

Published
15 March 2019
From
The Economist (requires free registration)
Women Have High Syphilis Rates, Too

For women in the general population, the incidence of syphilis is at a 20-year high. But for women with HIV — particularly those who inject drugs — the incidence is 330% higher than that, data from a long-term study show. The biggest indicators of syphilis in women are hepatitis C infection and injection drug use. This means that providers should tailor syphilis screening to women with indicators of injection drug use, particularly in regions of the country hardest hit by injection drug epidemics.

Published
11 March 2019
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Why are black and minority ethnic girls less likely to get the HPV jab? (Video)

The HPV - or Human Papilloma Virus - vaccine is available to year 8 and 9 schoolgirls across Britain. But not all of them get the jab. Girls from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to receive the vaccine in school than their white counterparts.

Published
04 March 2019
From
BBC
Illegal STI drugs being sold online

Unlicensed antibiotics are being advertised on social media as treatment for sexually transmitted infections and sold at the wrong dose.

Published
04 March 2019
From
BBC Health
Gonorrhoea: drug resistance compromises recommended treatment in Europe

In 2017, 27 EU/EEA countries collected and tested 3 248 gonococcal isolates which revealed that cefixime and azithromycin resistance (1.9% and 7.5% respectively) remained unchanged compared to 2016 (2.1% and 7.5%). However, the number of countries reporting resistant isolates for each antimicrobial increased. For the second year in a row, no isolates with resistance to ceftriaxone were detected in contrast to one in 2015, five in 2014 and seven in 2013.

Published
28 February 2019
From
ECDC
I Found Love (and Love of Self) After HIV, and You Can Too

In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.

Published
15 February 2019
From
The Body
Low testosterone persists after HCV clearance

Low levels of free testosterone are common among men with chronic hepatitis C infection following SVR and persist after HCV clearance, according to findings from a prospective, longitudinal cohort study.

Published
12 February 2019
From
Healio
‘Gag rule’ threatens to restrict women’s access to a highly effective HIV therapy

As we wait for more evidence about the safety of dolutegravir during pregnancy, the solution is simple: ensure that women living with HIV have access to contraception so they can benefit from this medication. But that has become an often-insurmountable problem due to the global gag rule.

Published
11 February 2019
From
STAT
Relationship counseling encourages couples HIV testing

Lynae Darbes, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, developed an intervention designed to improve the likelihood that couples will decide to engage in HIV testing together. The idea was that providing relationship skills to couples would improve their communication and their relationship in general, and this would in turn improve their ability to talk about sex and HIV--as well as HIV testing.

Published
08 February 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
US: STIs Drive 1 in 10 HIV Transmissions in Gay & Bi Men

Chlamydia and gonorrhea make untreated HIV more transmittable and make HIV-negative people more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Published
04 February 2019
From
Poz
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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