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Increasing Incidence of Syphilis in People With HIV in the United States

The incidence rate of syphilis in people with HIV increased through 2015, according to new research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

21 May 2018
Infectious Disease Advisor
Typhoid Marys? PrEP and the spike in gay men’s STI rates

Critics said Truvada was a “party drug” that would lead gay men to abandon condoms. They might be right. Should we care?

14 May 2018
Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find.

14 April 2018
Science Speaks
Study suggests risk of sexual transmission of Zika may dissipate quickly

When Zika infections flared throughout Latin America, there was enormous concern that men carrying the virus could transmit it to women through sex — potentially infecting developing fetuses, if the women were pregnant. But it was unclear how long the risk might last.

12 April 2018
'We need to talk about syphilis'

With syphilis in the UK at its highest rate since 1944, one person recounts discovering he had it asmptomatically when he took a home test. He also tested positive for HIV: "You've got loads of support for HIV, loads of conversations about it. With syphilis, it's not discussed at all."

03 April 2018
BBC (Video)
HIV, syphilis cluster in teens, adults found in Milwaukee

At least 125 people — including some high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” seein in the USA. Most of those in the group are men and 45% were HIV positive, according to the Milwaukee Jornal-Sentionel.

12 March 2018
USA Today
An epidemic of bullshit

Two or three times a year, there’ll be a report released on how many new sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in the previous year. Usually there’s an up-tick in something and media coverage follows like, well, clockwork. Just as predictable are the narratives invoked to contextualise the findings - online dating, hookup apps, ‘complacency as a result of improvements to HIV treatment', decreased condom use and more young people travelling overseas.

31 January 2018
Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Higher When Mother Has Other STIs

A new study confirms that HIV-infected pregnant women have a higher risk of transmitting the HIV to their infants if the mothers also have another sexually transmitted infection.

16 January 2018
MD Magazine
Men with HPV are 20 times more likely to be reinfected after one year

An analysis of HPV in men shows that infection with one type strongly increased the risk of reinfection of the same type. The study highlights the importance of vaccination for preventing the spread of HPV in young men before they become sexually active and in older men who have already contracted the virus.

06 December 2017
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63%

Rates of the disease rose 63% in five years, led by infections in young heterosexual city dwellers.

06 November 2017
BBC Health

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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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