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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection, usually caught through sexual contact (a sexually transmitted infection, or STI). New diagnoses of syphilis have increased in the UK over the last...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexually transmitted infections

    This section contains a brief explanation of how common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on, their symptoms and their treatment. STIs can be caused by bacteria, viruses...

    From: Booklets

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  • Part II: HIV and preventing sexual transmission

    Part 2 explains why good physical sexual health is important for people living with HIV, and outlines the steps you can take to protect your own health...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • NGU and NSU – non-gonococcal and non-specific urethritis

    Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube through which urine (and, in men, semen) passes. This inflammation can be caused by several sexually...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Pubic lice and scabies

    Infestations with pubic lice (also called crabs) and scabies are very common amongst sexually active men and women, gay and straight, and are easily treated. ...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Viral load and transmission

    Taking HIV treatment lowers viral load, the amount of HIV in your body, which is usually measured in a sample of blood at your regular clinic appointments....

    From: Living with HIV

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  • LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

    Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a form of the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia. It is caused by specific strains of the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria (strains L1, L2,...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Candidiasis (thrush)

    Candida are a group of common fungi that live on the skin and in the mouth. They are normally controlled by the immune system. However, if your...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. If left untreated, the infection can cause complications, including...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted infection. Gay men and young heterosexual men and women are the groups most affected by gonorrhoea in the UK. ...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

    The human papillomaviruses (HPV) are a family of over 100 strains of virus, of which over 40 can affect the genital area (these strains can also affect...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Herpes

    Herpes is caused by a common virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV). This is a common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Once you are infected, the virus stays...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Shigellosis

    Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella, the most common of which in the UK is Shigella sonnei. In the UK, most...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

    Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with small traces of blood.Many gay men with HIV have picked up...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Bacterial vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition which occurs when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina becomes disrupted. This can result in an over-growth...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your HIV. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Sexual dysfunction

    While sexual dysfunction can be a problem for anyone, people living with HIV may be particularly affected. Loss of sexual drive or desire (libido) or...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexual health check-ups

    In recent years there has been a big increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections in the UK, most notably the bacterial infections syphilis, gonorrhoea,...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Treating sexually transmitted infections to prevent HIV

    One strand of investigation in the biomedical prevention of HIV is to see whether we can reduce HIV incidence by treating other sexually transmitted infections...

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a complex sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum . It is transmitted by contact with infected sores or lesions,...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Outbreak of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea in England

    There have been 34 cases of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea amongst residents of England between November 2014 and April 2016. The outbreak spread from the north of England to the West Midlands and south of England, including London. Initial cases were among heterosexuals but more recent evidence suggests high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea is now spreading among men who have sex with men.

    15 April 2016 | Public Health England
  • Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London from 2011 to 2015

    Despite a small decrease in cases in 2014 and 2015, there is a clear sustained excess of adult male cases which likely reflects on-going transmission in MSM within the UK. Further work is needed to reduce transmission of Shigella in MSM.

    14 April 2016 | Public Health England
  • Using saliva as lube can cause rectal gonorrhea

    A study has shown that saliva from a person with a pharyngeal gonorrhea infection may substantially increase risk for rectal infections when that partner’s saliva is used as a lubricant during anal sex.

    05 April 2016 | BETA blog
  • Scottish HPV vaccination programme extends to men who have sex with men

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland will be eligible to receive the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine. The Scottish Government is following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends a targeted vaccination programme for MSM aged up to 45 who attend GUM and HIV clinics.

    29 March 2016 | Scottish Government
  • An important step toward increasing global access to next-generation female condom

    Woman’s Condom achieves WHO/UNFPA prequalification: The Woman’s Condom, a new female condom designed to be easy to use and more acceptable to women and their partners, has been prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The approval marks a critical step forward in expanding options for female-initiated dual protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

    09 March 2016 | PATH
  • How to Have Sex in a New Epidemic of STIs

    I feel a need to raise an alarm regarding this spike in STI rates. Something is wrong when MSM account for 83% of reported cases of syphilis among men. But we can't blame this on PrEP. The real problem is that adequate screening and treatment for STIs is often not available, and education about STIs in the United States sucks.

    03 March 2016 | The Body
  • US: Vaccine Has Sharply Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls, Study Says

    A vaccine introduced a decade ago to combat the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer has already reduced the virus’s prevalence in teenage girls by almost two-thirds, federal researchers said Monday.

    22 February 2016 | New York Times
  • Petition: Stop the persecution of people with HIV in the Czech Republic!

    NO PERSON WITH HIV BELONGS IN PRISON FOR HAVING SEX. Anyone living with HIV with undetectable viral load while taking treatment will not transmit the virus. This nonsense must stop immediately; it is both a grave violation of the fundamental rights of these persons, and completely counterproductive in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

    16 February 2016 | Change.org
  • Czech Republic: Prague Public Health Authority initiates criminal prosecutions of 30 gay men living with HIV following an STI diagnosis

    Prague’s Public Health Authority initiated criminal investigations against 30 gay men living with HIV that had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during the previous year. The Public Health Authority appear to believe that since these men acquired an STI this is proof that they must have practiced condomless sex and have therefore violated criminal laws prohibiting any act of condomless sex (including oral sex) by a person living with HIV as “spread of infectious diseases”.

    16 February 2016 | HIV Justice Network
  • Zika Infection Transmitted by Sex Reported in Texas

    A case of Zika virus infection transmitted by sex, rather than mosquito bite, was discovered in Texas on Tuesday, a development sure to complicate plans to contain a global epidemic.

    03 February 2016 | New York Times
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