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  • Sexual health check-ups

    Looking after your sexual health is important for anyone, but particularly so if you are living with HIV. If you are sexually active, it is important to have...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection that is usually easy to treat.Syphilis can progress more quickly and severely in people living with HIV.It can be contracted during...

    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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    NGU and NSU can be caused by several STIs.NGU/NSU is diagnosed by a swab test or checking a urine sample.NGU and NSU are treated with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Pubic lice and scabies

    Pubic lice and scabies are easily treated.Your GP or staff at a sexual health clinic can diagnose pubic lice or scabies.Pubic lice and scabies are...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

    LGV is a form of chlamydia and tests for chlamydia also detect LGV.Most LGV cases are in HIV-positive gay men. LGV is treated with a...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Candidiasis (thrush)

    Candidiasis is treated with anti-fungal drugs.Mild candidiasis in the mouth is relatively common in people with HIV.Good oral hygeine can reduce the risk of oral...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia can be transmitted via infected semen or vaginal fluids.Using a condom during sex is an effective way of preventing  chlamydia.Chlamydia is easily treated with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea can be passed on during anal, vaginal and oral sexCondoms can prevent infection with gonorrhoea.Gonorrhoea is treated with a single dose combination of antibiotics....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

    HPV can be passed on during unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. Vaccines against HPV are available.  Some strains of HPV can cause genital warts....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Herpes

    Herpes is transmitted by contact with skin where the herpes simplex virus is present.Antiviral treatments can reduce the discomfort of an outbreak of herpes.Being infected...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Shigellosis

    Shigella is transmitted by contact with very small amounts of human faeces. Shigellosis can be successfully treated with antibiotics.Using condoms for anal sex and latex...

    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 may occur when the balance of bacteria in the vagina becomes disrupted. Symptoms include changes to vaginal discharge and a fishy smell.Having bacterial vaginosis increases the risk...

    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
  • 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

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  • Hepatitis C Sheds Enough in the Rectum to Transmit Through Anal Sex

    Researchers have come up with the first direct evidence that enough hepatitis C virus (HCV) sheds into the rectums of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) to transmit directly to another man’s penis during anal sex, even when no blood is present.

    30 November 2016 | Poz
  • STD rates sharply rise in U.S. says CDC – Will misinformation from PrEP critics prevail?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just published a report on the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2015, finding the highest number of case reports on these infections in 20 years and a steep increase over the last reported period in 2014. Is this a cause for concern? Absolutely. But, as will inevitably be the case, there are going to be questions about whether increasing use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is to blame and the answer is pretty conclusively “no” as far as one can tell from the available data and the CDC as much as says so.

    25 October 2016 | Project Inform
  • Chemsex: fuelling STDs

    Dr Ann Sullivan: "While we need to recognise that chemsex is here to stay, it could be much safer. People need to be kept informed about the risks and helped to avoid the pitfalls,and specialised services need to be easily accessible and acceptable to those who encounter problems."

    12 October 2016 | The Hippocratic Post
  • HPV vaccine works even better than expected, study finds

    The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which doctors believe causes most cases of cervical cancer, appears even more effective than believed, a new study finds. “After eight years of vaccination, the reduction in the incidence of cervical neoplasia [abnormal growth of cells], including pre-cancers, have been reduced approximately 50 percent. This is greater than what was expected – that’s pretty exciting,” said lead researcher Cosette Wheeler.

    04 October 2016 | CBS
  • Cochrane says: Chlamydia screening may have very limited impact, but more research is needed

    There is a strong rationale for systematic Chlamydia screening, and it is widely recommended and practised. Yet there are harms associated with the screening process, and, of course, serious concerns about its cost-effectiveness. This lends urgency to the question of whether Chlamydia screening works – addressed in a recently published systematic review for the Cochrane Database.

    04 October 2016 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Tackling Shigella in gay and bisexual men

    It’s worrying to see new figures showing a sustained increase in cases of Shigella likely to have been sexually-acquired between men who have sex with men (MSM).

    23 August 2016 | Public Health England
  • Syphilis cases increase by 163% in London in five years

    Five times more people were diagnosed with syphilis in London last year than in any other English region, according to a report that says cases of the infection have more than doubled in the capital since 2010.

    18 August 2016 | The Guardian
  • Syphilis cases in England rise by 76% in four years

    Public Health England says the sexually transmitted infection is becoming more prevalent, especially among gay men.

    05 July 2016 | The Guardian
  • National AIDS Trust responds to increased STI rates amongst gay and bisexual men

    We are failing to meet the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men. The 21% increase in gonorrhoea cases and 19% increase in syphilis cases are not out of the blue. Instead of investing properly in prevention and sexual health services, the Government made an in-year cut to the public health budget of £200 million last year.

    05 July 2016 | NAT press release
  • STDs Among Gay Men in a New Era of PrEP

    In tandem with (and prior to) the approval and uptake of PrEP, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been increasing among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. What’s going on—and what can we do about the rising rates of STIs?

    21 June 2016 | BETA blog
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