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  • 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.

    30 January 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Did You Know Dolphins Have Genital Warts?

    STIs are not limited to humans. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins can get genital warts, baboons suffer from herpes, syphilis is common in rabbits and cats have their own version of AIDS.

    16 January 2015 | Huffington Post
  • My Gonorrhea Nostalgia

    A common objection to the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is that taking a pill to prevent HIV does not guard against other STI’s and therefore condoms must continue to be used. But when did avoiding every possible STI become the new goal for gay sexual behavior? Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea are all easily treated and cured.

    14 January 2015 | My Fabulous Disease
  • New open-access journal in the rapidly developing field of virus eradication

    The Journal of Virus Eradication is a new open-access online and print journal dedicated to the rapidly developing field of virus eradication. It is particularly interested in publishing original research on HIV, hepatitis viruses, HPV, herpes and flu but work on other viruses is also included. The first issue was successfully launched at the HIV and Hepatitis Five Nations Conference in London on 8 December 2014 and is available now on the Journal website: www.viruseradication.com

    23 December 2014 | Mediscript
  • Heterosexual transmission of HPV to male oral tract via oral/genital route indicated by partner data

    A recent study claims to be the first to have established the association of oral infection in males with sexual behaviour, not just on the basis of their reported sexual behaviour, but through the collection of data from their partners.

    15 December 2014 | BMJ Blogs
  • New herpes treatment strategy described by researchers

    A novel treatment approach for persistent viral infections such as herpes has been described by researchers. Using animal models of herpes simplex virus infection, researchers show that blocking the activity of a host cell protein called LSD1 reduces herpes infection, shedding and recurrence.

    10 December 2014 | Science Daily
  • S.F. men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill

    The good news: A pill from Gilead Sciences Inc. stops HIV infection among people at high risk of contracting the AIDS virus. The bad news: Men taking the drug to prevent HIV appear to be having more sex without a condom, putting them at risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.

    09 December 2014 | San Francisco Business Times
  • HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

    Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

    09 December 2014 | Eurekalert
  • Diagnosis of syphilis as an entry point for PrEP initiation among men who have sex with men

    The results suggest that a new diagnosis of syphilis is an important opportunity for PrEP initiation, unless contraindications are present. This would be in addition to immediate syphilis treatment, and treatment for sexual partners.

    01 December 2014 | UNAIDS Science Now
  • Tenth of British men 'pay for sex'

    More than one in 10 men have paid for sex, according to a major study of British sexual habits.

    18 November 2014 | BBC Health
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