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Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tindr

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps like Tinder as one of the driving forces behind new outbreaks. The rise has been precipitous: Syphilis cases in Rhode Island increased by 79 percent between 2013 and 2014 while gonorrhea cases increased by 30 percent. Newly identified HIV cases increased by almost 33 percent, according to a new state report. Gay men made up 75% of new cases of syphilis.

Published
27 May 2015
From
Huffington Post
Gender-neutral HPV vaccination

Peter Baker is Campaign Director for HPV Action, a collaborative partnership of patient and professional organisations that are working together to achieve gender-neutral (both boys and girls) vaccination for the human papilloma virus (HPV). He presents a clear argument for introducing a gender-neutral vaccination programme in the UK, and highlights the potential public health benefits, long term savings in treatment and care and reduction in human suffering that would result.

Published
05 May 2015
From
MEDFASH
Ebola Researchers Take New Look at Risk of Sexual Transmission

Concerned about the potential for sexual transmission of Ebola, international health officials are investigating new reports of suspected cases and beginning studies to determine how often and how long the virus remains active in semen. And, for now, they are warning Ebola survivors to practice protected sex indefinitely.

Published
17 April 2015
From
New York Times
Bacterial STI testing rates low among sexually active HIV population

Testing rates for bacterial sexually transmitted infections were low among sexually active patients with HIV, particularly those at elevated risk, according to findings from the Medical Monitoring Project.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Healio
Researchers develop new model to study why some HPV infections go away and others progress

For people infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV), the likelihood of clearing the infection and avoiding HPV-related cancer may depend less on the body's disease-fighting arsenal than has been generally assumed. A new study finds that the body's ability to defeat the virus may be largely due to unpredictable division patterns in HPV-infected stem cells, rather than the strength of the person's immune response.

Published
01 April 2015
From
EATG
Concern over online gonorrhoea treatment

Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea put patients at risk by not following best treatment guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates has found. Sexual health experts recommend patients receive a powerful antibiotic, which can only be injected, but the BBC found seven UK-based websites offering only oral antibiotics. Such treatment can lead to antibiotics becoming less effective, experts warn.

Published
03 March 2015
From
BBC
Annual epidemiological report 2014 - Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and blood-borne viruses

The annual report provides an overview of the epidemiology of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, hepattis B and C, HIV, AIDS and syphilis based on 2012 data.

Published
20 February 2015
From
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
HPV Vaccination Not Associated with Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

A barrier to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been the concern that it may promote unsafe sexual activity, but a new study of adolescent girls finds that HPV vaccination was not associated with increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
11 February 2015
From
JAMA press release
S.T.D. Care for Two

Some states let doctors give antibiotics to a patient and to a nonpatient sexual partner. The strategy has been shown to lower rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but remains underused because most states do not cover the medications’ cost and many doctors are uncomfortable treating patients they have not evaluated.

Published
03 February 2015
From
New York Times
Rare Ocular Syphilis Strikes Six, Blinding Two, in Washington State

Washington State health officials have reported a cluster of rare syphilis infections of the eyes — detected in six people, two of them stricken blind. Three are HIV-positive.

Published
30 January 2015
From
AIDSMeds
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