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STI trends in Europe: chlamydia rates stabilise while gonorrhoea numbers go up

With an estimated 146 million infections each year, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide. And Europe is no exception with almost 385 000 cases reported in 2013 alone and more than 3 million between 2004 and 2013. But while trends in the number of chlamydia infections appear to have stabilised in recent years, gonorrhoea rates have gone up by 79% since 2008, particularly among men.

Published
18 September 2015
From
ECDC press release
Thai testing campaign suggests how local cultures can influence testing behaviour

A campaign to encourage Thai gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to test at least once a year for HIV has

Published
17 September 2015
By
Gus Cairns
San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opens Groundbreaking Health and Wellness Center for Gay and Bi Men

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is funding the programmatic expansion and renovation costs associated with its groundbreaking new center for gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness at 470 Castro Street. Slated to open in October, the new center is named “Strut” and brings together the foundation’s well-known and popular free services for sexual health, substance use and mental health, and community engagement and support.

Published
15 September 2015
From
HIVEqual.org
Gonorrhea Is Rising Among Gay and Bisexual Men in US

Diagnoses of gonorrhea among men who have sex with men are apparently rising in the United States. In 2010, about 1.17 percent of MSM contracted the STI. This rate rose 26 percent in three years, hitting 1.47 percent in 2013.

Published
15 September 2015
From
POZ
‘Undetectable’ is both a milestone and an identity for gay men recently diagnosed with HIV

Achieving an undetectable viral load is a key milestone in the period after diagnosis with HIV, qualitative interviews with Canadian gay men suggest. Men incorporated knowledge of their

Published
04 September 2015
By
Roger Pebody
STIs Have Minimal Effects on Viral Load of People on HIV Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections apparently have a minimal effect on the HIV viral load of those who are taking antiretrovirals for the virus. Having an STI was associated with a 29 percent rise in viral load but this finding was not statistically significant. The researchers concluded that having an STI is not likely to reduce the effectiveness of ARVs as a form of HIV prevention.

Published
03 September 2015
From
POZ
No HIV infections seen in San Francisco PrEP users referred via primary care

A programme that provides pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through primary care referrals in San Francisco has not seen a single HIV infection in people using PrEP since it

Published
03 September 2015
By
Gus Cairns
5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

Published
01 September 2015
From
The Advocate
Can we ensure adherence to STI treatment guidelines in a world threatened by antimicrobial resistance?

Sexual health care in the UK has traditionally centred on specialist GUM (genito-urinary medicine) services. Since the turn of the twenty-first century primary care has played an increasing role, however. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is in line with this tendency, with most GP practices now being commissioned to provide level 1 STI screening. Questions have recently been raised about the conformity of care provided by GPs to national guidelines, established for the UK by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. In a world where Gonorrhoea – and perhaps one day Chlamydia – is set to become increasingly hard to treat, the problem of ensuring the conformity of generalists to universal standards of treatment is unlikely to go away.

Published
26 August 2015
From
BMJ
Ugandan gay men talk about why they do not always use condoms

Gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Uganda, who had not used a condom the last time they had anal sex

Published
21 August 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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