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  • 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
  • Gay men 'should get anti-cancer jab'

    The HPV vaccine should be given to men who have sex with men, according to the government's experts. It is is already given to schoolgirls in the UK, but there have been calls for the vaccination programme to be extended. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation now recommends offering the jab at sexual health clinics to men who have sex with men, aged between 16 and 40.

    12 November 2014 | BBC News
  • Missed HPV vaccination opportunities: a consequence of avoiding awkward conversations

    In the US, routine administration of quadrivalent HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at 11-12 yrs, with catch-up vaccination recommended up to 26 yrs for girls, and 21 yrs for boys.  The difficulty has been in the implementation of the recommendation: overall rates of initiating and completion among US teenage girls currently stand at 57% and 35% respectively.

    11 November 2014 | BMJ
  • Dissolving Tampons Deliver HIV Drugs (and Maybe Contraception, Too)

    University of Washington researchers have created a discreet, quick-dissolving tampon out of silk-line fibers to protect women from HIV. The researchers would ideally like to develop a tampon to protect against HIV, herpes, and pregnancy — an all-in-one shield against the risks of sex. This could prove especially useful in developing countries, where women may not have easy access to other kinds of birth control.

    04 November 2014 | Healthline News
  • New syphilis more than doubles chance of HIV in MSM PrEP trial

    Getting syphilis more than doubled chances of HIV acquisition in the iPrEx preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. But having syphilis did not diminish the protective benefit of daily tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) PrEP against HIV.

    04 November 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

    Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.

    14 October 2014 | The Conversation
  • Tobacco use associated with increased risk of oral HPV-16 infection

    Study participants who reported tobacco use or had higher levels of biomarkers of tobacco exposure had a higher prevalence of the sexually transmitted infection, oral human papillomavirus type 16, according to a study in the Oct. 8 JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease. HPV-16 is the most common cancer-causing variety of HPV.

    08 October 2014 | Eurekalert
  • Population-based evidence for the preventative efficacy of quadrivalent HPV in Australia

    A recently published study claims to provide the first whole population analysis of the impact on genital warts of a national HPV vaccination programme – and this may be the best predictor of the longer-term, and more important, cancer prevention benefits to be seen in future years. The findings show a decline of 89.9% in admissions involving warts from 2006/7 to 2010/11 for girls aged 12-17 yrs, a decline of 72.7% for women aged 18-26, and a decline of 38% for men aged 18-14 (the indirect effect of female vaccination).

    01 October 2014 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Investigating an outbreak of hepatitis C virus among MSM without HIV

    Given the reports about the high-risk practices taking place in London (and likely other cities in high-income countries), it is likely that cases of sexually transmitted HCV are also occurring in some HIV-negative MSM. To investigate this possibility, researchers in London reviewed health-related information collected from HIV-negative patients who sought care at selected clinics in that city.

    01 October 2014 | CATIE
  • STIs and Hep C levels at all-time high in Australia

    The Kirby Institute’s Annual Surveillance Report suggests a number of STIs are continuing to increase, with syphilis and gonorrhoea leading the charge. Hepatitis C infections are also a growing health issue with more people now dying from viral hepatitis infection than from HIV when it was in its peak in the 80s and 90s.

    22 September 2014 | Gay News Network
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