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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 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

    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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Men to get HPV vaccine in new drive to combat cancer, announces health minister Jane Ellison

    The first men in England have started receiving the vaccination as part of a pilot to stamp out cancers and genital disease. The scheme went live in two clinics this week and will eventually see 40,000 men vaccinated to protect them against penile, anal and other cancers. The project is specifically targeted at men who have sex with men, but ministers are exploring the possibility of rolling out the HPV vaccine to all boys.

    08 June 2016 | Evening Standard
  • Sexual transmission involved in tail end of Ebola epidemic

    Some of the final cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone were transmitted via unconventional routes, such as semen and breastmilk, according to the largest analysis to date of the tail-end of the epidemic.

    19 May 2016 | EurekAlert!
  • Syphilis infections on the rise in Europe

    New data released in ECDC’s Annual Epidemiological report show that since 2010, the overall syphilis rates have been going up across Europe, particularly among men. In 2014, the reported syphilis numbers were six times higher in men than in women. Almost two-thirds (63%) of the syphilis cases reported with information on transmission category were recorded in men who have sex with men (MSM).​

    17 May 2016 | ECDC
  • 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
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