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'Remote control' contraceptive chip available 'by 2018'

A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts. The chip is implanted under a woman's skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.

Published
08 July 2014
From
BBC
Herpes Drives Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in NYC

Infection with herpes simplex virus 2 is propelling significant increases in the prevalence of HIV among non-injecting drug users in New York City.

Published
04 July 2014
From
AIDSMeds
HIV Prevention Drug Truvada Might Lower Genital Herpes Risk, Too

A combination drug used to treat and prevent HIV — Truvada — may have an additional benefit: lowering the risk of a genital herpes infection, a new study suggests. Researchers found that African heterosexuals who were at risk of getting HIV from their partners were about 30 percent less likely to get infected with genital herpes if they took the drug tenofovir alone or with emtricitabine.

Published
01 July 2014
From
Health.com
Effective HIV/AIDS prevention treatment could be boosting other STDs in San Francisco

Pharmaceutical HIV/AIDS prevention treatments are so effective that condoms are becoming an afterthought for some sexually active gay men, according to local public-health officials.

Published
23 June 2014
From
San Francisco Examiner
US: Chlamydia Is Widespread and Often Goes Undiagnosed

Nearly half a million Americans may have the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia without knowing it.

Published
23 June 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Gay men who discuss HIV status with sexual partners are less likely to acquire HIV

A case-control study, examining the sexual behaviour of German gay men receiving HIV-negative and HIV-positive test results, identified two key factors which distinguish the groups – consistent condom

Published
18 June 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Sexually transmitted infection risk in England is greatest in gay men and young adults

Number of STI cases diagnosed in 2013 remain close to 2012 figures.

Published
17 June 2014
From
Public Health England press release
Sexually transmitted infections and chlamydia screening in England, 2013

Despite a small decrease compared to 2012, there were approximately 450,000 STI diagnoses made in England in 2013. Genital chlamydial infection was the most commonly diagnosed STI, accounting for 47% of diagnoses. New diagnoses of gonorrhoea continued the sharp rise seen in recent years, exceeding 29,000 cases in 2013.

Published
17 June 2014
From
Health Protection Report
Drug-resistant gonorrhoea rates plummet in US

Preliminary results announced at the US 2014 STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta have shown that the proportion of cases of gonorrhoea that are drug-resistant has fallen since 2011,

Published
16 June 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Gonorrhoea antimicrobial resistance: is UK antibiotic stewarding policy shows “some success”

A widely circulated press release from the Society of General Microbiology’s (SGM) Annual Conference 2014 (April 14th – 17th) reports that Health for England’s Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan, according to representative, Dr Catherine Ison, “has shown some success in delaying the onset of treatment failure to the oral antibiotic cefixime”. 

Published
11 June 2014
From
BMJ

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