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  • 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

    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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    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)

    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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. New diagnoses of syphilis have increased dramatically in the UK and many other countries over the past few years....

    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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  • 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
  • We Aren’t the Sex Police: What PrEP Providers Say About Condoms & STIs

    The potent protection from HIV afforded by Truvada as PrEP allows men to have sex with less worry and fear of HIV. But some worry that the inclusion of PrEP as a public health strategy will lead people to abandon condoms—which still have a role to play in further reducing risk of HIV and other STIs. BETA wanted to know—what do PrEP providers think? How do these practitioners, who see clients every three months for sexual health screenings and STI testing, talk to their clients about condom use, STIs and navigating the complicated landscape of protected, or safer, sex?

    30 January 2016 | BETA blog
  • San Francisco's Strut health and wellness center opens

    "We're here to encourage and support a new era of care in the HIV/AIDS world that is focused on the whole individual – holistic health and wellness, not just sickness and disease," said Neil Giuliano. "The model of care taking place at Strut will be replicated around the country and most likely around the world, just like the San Francisco model of care has been for 30 years."

    07 January 2016 | Bay Area Reporter
  • China's HIV epidemic could hinge on doctor training

    Providing training and education to doctors on sexually transmitted infection can significantly reduce infection risk among patients, new research conducted in two Chinese provinces suggests.

    05 January 2016 | Futurity: Research News
  • Cuts to sexual health services will lead to STI 'explosion', warn experts

    Labour analysis predicts £40m less will be spent on testing and treating infection in 2016 despite rates of gonorrhoea and syphilis soaring.

    04 January 2016 | The Guardian
  • Gonorrhoea 'could become untreatable'

    Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England's top doctor warns, amid concerns some pharmacies are not prescribing for it properly. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of "super-gonorrhoea" in Leeds.

    27 December 2015 | BBC Health
  • HPV vaccination programme for gay men announced in Wales

    Men between 16 and 45 years old who attend specialist sexual health clinics will be offered the jab

    21 December 2015 | Daily Post
  • FUCK other STIs

    PrEP is only about HIV protection – it doesn’t claim to offer protection against any other STI. So it’s infuriating for me to constantly hear this ‘what about other STI’s?’ sensationalism and attempted counter claim to the benefits of PrEP. It’s like saying wearing a seat belt won’t stop you getting cancer!

    03 December 2015 | Greg Owen (blog)
  • 'Not far enough': reaction to the JCVI's announcement that the anti-cancer jab to prevent HPV will be extended to just MSM and not all boys

    Vaccinations for MSM are a step forward but that this change in policy does not go nearly far enough. What is urgently needed is a decision to vaccinate all adolescent boys.

    19 November 2015 | HPV Action
  • Give HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men, government told

    Advisers say extending use of cervical cancer vaccine given to girls could help cut risk of anal, penile and throat cancers.

    19 November 2015 | The Guardian
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