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London gonorrhoea rates fall, and HIV rates falling in Australia as more join PrEP demo

Gonorrhoea diagnoses among gay men attending the largest STI clinic in the UK at 56 Dean Street in London’s Soho have declined by 24% in the last

Published
24 July 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Boys Are Being Denied A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer. Why Is This Being Allowed To Happen?

Yesterday, a short-sighted and shameful recommendation was made not to give teenage boys the potentially life-saving Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.

Published
21 July 2017
From
Huffington Post
Expanding HPV vaccine to teenage boys ‘not cost effective’, says official advice

The HPV vaccination should not be extended to boys as it is not cost-effective, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended. In an interim statement, published today by the Department of Health, the JCVI concluded that the risk of infection in males has already been substantially reduced by good vaccine uptake in girls.

Published
19 July 2017
From
Pulse
Plan not to give HPV vaccine to boys causes concern

Decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection attracts fierce criticism.

Published
19 July 2017
From
BBC Health
First vaccine shows gonorrhoea protection

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say. The vaccine, originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B, was given to about a million adolescents in New Zealand between 2004 and 2006. Researchers at the University of Auckland analysed data from sexual health clinics and found gonorrhoea cases had fallen 31% in those vaccinated. The meachanism of protection is unknown. This particular vaccine is no longer available but the UK has been using a similar vaccine, though whether it will protect is also unknown.

Published
11 July 2017
From
BBC
Sign-on Letter in Response to Critical Shortage of Penicillin for Syphilis Treatment in U.S.

Sign-on letter to Pfizer urging an immediate response to the nationwide shortage of penicillin G benzathine, the standard treatment for primary and secondary syphilis.

Published
10 July 2017
From
Treatment Action Group
Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, but it is the last that is most concerning health officials. Dr Wi said antibiotics could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including relatives of gonorrhoea, developing resistance. She said: "When you use antibiotics to treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species in your throat and this results in resistance."

Published
07 July 2017
From
BBC
Untreatable gonorrhoea 'superbug' spreading around world, WHO warns

World Health Organization tells of ‘very serious situation’ after confirming three known cases where all antibiotics were ineffective.

Published
07 July 2017
From
The Guardian
Does it ever make sense to target HPV screening at HIV-infected individuals?

A number of recent studies have considered the case for HPV-related cancer prevention interventions that are targeted at specific populations. A recent study suggests that, given their more rapid progression to precancerous conditions, HIV positive women in sub-Saharan Africa should be given the multivalent HPV vaccine, as it already is to HIV-positive MSM in some high-income settings.

Published
05 July 2017
From
BMJ
More gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia, less HIV, at Dutch STI clinics

An increasing number of clients tested at a Dutch STI clinic for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is diagnosed with gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia. However the number of HIV diagnoses has declined for years. At the STI clinics, 285 new HIV diagnoses were detected in 2016, of which 93 percent were MSM.

Published
30 June 2017
From
RIVM

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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