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'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."

Published
03 April 2018
From
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.

Published
12 March 2018
From
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.

Published
31 January 2018
From
Overland
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.

Published
16 January 2018
From
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.

Published
06 December 2017
From
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.

Published
06 November 2017
From
BBC Health
CDC: Rising PrEP Use Will Likely Drive Down STIs in Gay & Bi Men

The recommended twice-yearly STI screening would drive this effect, likely compensating for any excess sexual risk taking in PrEP users.

Published
06 October 2017
From
Poz
London turns the tide on an 8 year surge of gonorrhoea

A new report from PHE shows that new cases of gonorrhoea in Londoners dropped by 19% in 2016 compared with figures from 2015.

Published
26 September 2017
From
Public Health England
Vertical HIV transmission may be influenced by complex synergies with other STI – such as Cytomegalovirus

The apparently greater susceptibility of sub-Saharan African women to HIV infection has led researchers to consider the various potential synergies between HIV and other genital infections or conditions of the vaginal microbiome. A recent study brings this wider perspective to bear on mother-to-child transmission, casting some fresh light on the complex interrelation between the ‘vertical’ transmission of HIV and active and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) viruria.

Published
27 July 2017
From
BMJ Group blogs
Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, but it is the last that is most concerning health officials. Dr Wi said antibiotics could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including relatives of gonorrhoea, developing resistance. She said: "When you use antibiotics to treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species in your throat and this results in resistance."

Published
07 July 2017
From
BBC

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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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