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Meta-analysis finds high but variable STI rates in PrEP studies – is PrEP the cause or a potential solution?

A new meta-analysis of 20 studies and roll-out projects of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay and bisexual men confirms very high rates of diagnosis of sexually

Published
11 January 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Public Health England warns that improved treatment and testing rates for STIs in the UK could be imperilled by cuts

A review of one hundred years of diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK confirms that there have been sharp increases in gonorrhoea and syphilis

Published
18 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs – the picture is more complex than that

When MSM seek out PrEP, it is a decision that should be supported. To castigate them is to increase stigma and discourage their engagement with health services. We must encourage PrEP use, accept that condom use may fall as a result, design supportive care and be happy knowing that every averted HIV infection is a life-altering moment.

Published
10 December 2018
From
The Conversation
The unexpected effects of the HIV prevention pill

PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.

Published
29 November 2018
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Mosaic
Truvada and the truth: is HIV prevention propelling the STI epidemic?

In the MSM community, a rapidly expanding STI epidemic is fueling questions about whether the steadily rising number of people who start Truvada for HIV prevention subsequently change their sexual behavior in ways that increase their risk of contracting chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and, in rarer cases, hepatitis C.

Published
21 October 2018
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The Guardian
Study confirms STIs make no difference to undetectability and infectiousness in people taking HIV treatment

A study conducted with gay men in Thailand has found that people who are diagnosed with HIV and start antiretroviral therapy (ART) are no less likely

Published
28 September 2018
By
Gus Cairns
HIV Providers and Advocates Continue to Debate STI Rates in the Era of PrEP and U=U

From Aug. 27 to 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention will host the STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. This biennial conference could not be timelier as the U.S. is facing a resurgence in sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Published
03 September 2018
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The Body Pro
Sexually Transmitted Infections Rise Steeply as U.S. Response Declines

Meanwhile, new analyses of gonorrhea have raised concern at the CDC about emerging drug resistance.

Published
28 August 2018
From
Poz
Syphilis diagnoses are booming - it's clear sexual health needs an overhaul

Moving sexual health services to local government was a good idea. It encourages the embedding of those services in their communities and offers the prospect of better support for groups that can be hard for the NHS to reach, such as young people. But the relentless cuts to local government funding are putting people’s physical and mental health at risk, while the blurred accountability is undermining the importance of sexual health as a political priority.

Published
28 August 2018
From
The Guardian
Study: Genital warts may increase HIV transmission risk

Genital warts may increase the risk of sexually transmitting HIV, pointing scientists toward a possible strategy in preventing the disease's spread.

Published
22 August 2018
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UPI.com
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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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