A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that training women to self-collect genital samples to test for human papillomavirus, the causative agent of cervical cancer, can increase the coverage rates of cervical cancer screening.
02 May 2013 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
The discussion around the new sustainable development goals – replacing the millennium development goals – are forcing us to re-examine the issue of sexual health and rights as the key to alleviating poverty and empowering women. There is growing evidence that promoting pleasure alongside safer sex messaging can increase the consistent use of condoms and other forms of safer sex.
29 April 2013 | The Guardian
The US government’s goal of vaccinating young girls against the human papillomavirus has been disappointing, with less than a third of teenagers having completed a full course of HPV vaccine. But now the United States can look to Australia, which six years into a successful nationwide HPV vaccination campaign has experienced a sharp decline in the number of new cases of genital warts among young men and women.
19 April 2013 | New York Times
"GMFA first published FS magazine in 2002. In March this year we were told that the people who funded FS magazine were no longer going to continue this. Saying this came as a bit of a shock is an understatement. We believe that FS achieves something that no other HIV prevention does. Simply, we are able to reach gay men who are not necessarily seeking information on sexual health..." Ian Howley, editor of London's HIV prevention magazine for gay men, on why GMFA are going to try to continue to publish it, despite drastic funding cuts.
16 April 2013 | Sosogay
Magnet Medical Director Chris Hall, MD, gives us the facts about bacterial meningitis and what guys in our community need to know.
16 April 2013 | San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Hawaii lawmakers have deleted the word “homosexual” from legislation that would have excluded homosexuals from receiving expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Expedited partner therapy allows a medical provider to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a person diagnosed with an STD without an examination.
11 April 2013 | CDC National Prevention Information Network
The year 1939 saw total US syphilis deaths at 15 per 100,000 and syphilis deaths of black males at 72.5 per 100,000: this is a death rate comparable to that for HIV/AIDS at the height of the epidemic in 1995 when total deaths and deaths of black males stood, respectively, at 16.2 and 80.2 per 100,000. Subsequently, in the late 40s and early 50s, incidence and mortality from syphilis were to fall precipitously – thanks to penicillin.
28 March 2013 | BMJ Group blogs
The rise of online dating for people with sex infections
28 March 2013 | BBC Health
A deadly meningitis outbreak among gay men in New York City just got more serious, officials said today. Two men died of meningitis during the first two months of the year, raising the total number of cases to 22, with 3 of the last 5 cases resulting in death. The city's Department of Health upgraded its response to recommend vaccinations for all gay men throughout the city, regardless of HIV status and geographical location.
25 March 2013 | Medical Daily
Outbreak and incident management is a core element of sexual health commissioning and this briefing provides information on recent incidents across England and sets out recommendations for commissioners in local authorities.
11 March 2013 | Health Protection Agency