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Cases of syphilis hit highest level in England since 1949

Figures from Public Health England show a 12% increase in diagnoses of the bacterial infection between 2015 and 2016.

07 June 2017
The Guardian
Increased screening for syphilis boosts detection of early latent infections among Australian gay men

Increased syphilis testing among gay men increased detection of early latent infections and was accompanied by a fall in the proportion of cases involving secondary syphilis, investigators report

03 May 2017
Michael Carter
BHIVA response to The Irish Times article 'Anti-HIV drug removes personal responsibility'

This piece has generated a considerable amount of concern in the HIV community already as its content is completely at odds with current recommendations by the World Health Organisation and NICE which recognise that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important component of HIV prevention. Numerous studies have shown that PrEP is a highly clinically and cost-effective safe intervention which reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV by around 90%.

24 April 2017
London data show that hepatitis C is passed on during anal sex without a condom

Around one in five HIV-positive gay men who recently acquired hepatitis C report anal sex without a condom as the only behaviour that could explain

10 April 2017
Roger Pebody
Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland

Researchers find a 90% reduction in the number of women infected with human papilloma virus since 2008.

05 April 2017
BBC Health
What do cuts in sexual health services mean for patients?

In some parts of the country we heard that clinics have been closed, moved to less convenient locations or their opening hours reduced. Some clinics are being run with less consultant input, which some see as an efficiency saving but others see as a safety concern. A recent survey shows that patients with STI symptoms are finding it more difficult to access appointments within 48 hours. We were particularly concerned about cuts to health adviser posts in clinics.

03 April 2017
King's Fund
Should we worry about the effect of PrEP on STI rates?

One argument you see amongst those critical or worried about the introduction of PrEP is that it will result in big increases in STIs as gay and bisexual men (and indeed others at risk of HIV) throw away their condoms. But does the evidence support such fears? And as importantly, what do those fears tell us about our views of HIV and gay sexual health?

30 March 2017
Warning of hepatitis A outbreak among men who have sex with men in Europe

An outbreak of hepatitis A in Europe has affected 287 people in at least 13 countries, with large numbers of cases in the United Kingdom,

29 March 2017
Keith Alcorn
Experts urge policymakers to address emerging ‘perfect storm’ for sexual health

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) welcomes the publication of today’s report by the King’s Fund ‘Understanding NHS financial pressures’ and urges policymakers and commissioners to take notice of its findings, particularly those highlighting the detrimental impact that growing pressures are having on genitourinary medicine (GUM) services.

15 March 2017
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
Understanding NHS financial pressures

This report examines the impact of NHS financial pressures on patient care across four different parts of the health system, including genito-urinary medicine (GUM).

14 March 2017
The King's Fund
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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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