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STDs Among Gay Men in a New Era of PrEP

In tandem with (and prior to) the approval and uptake of PrEP, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been increasing among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. What’s going on—and what can we do about the rising rates of STIs?

Published
21 June 2016
From
BETA blog
Men to get HPV vaccine in new drive to combat cancer, announces health minister Jane Ellison

The first men in England have started receiving the vaccination as part of a pilot to stamp out cancers and genital disease. The scheme went live in two clinics this week and will eventually see 40,000 men vaccinated to protect them against penile, anal and other cancers. The project is specifically targeted at men who have sex with men, but ministers are exploring the possibility of rolling out the HPV vaccine to all boys.

Published
08 June 2016
From
Evening Standard
Sexual transmission involved in tail end of Ebola epidemic

Some of the final cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone were transmitted via unconventional routes, such as semen and breastmilk, according to the largest analysis to date of the tail-end of the epidemic.

Published
19 May 2016
From
EurekAlert!
Syphilis infections on the rise in Europe

New data released in ECDC’s Annual Epidemiological report show that since 2010, the overall syphilis rates have been going up across Europe, particularly among men. In 2014, the reported syphilis numbers were six times higher in men than in women. Almost two-thirds (63%) of the syphilis cases reported with information on transmission category were recorded in men who have sex with men (MSM).​

Published
17 May 2016
From
ECDC
Considerable overlap between HIV and shigellosis epidemics in the UK

Approximately a third of cases of non-travel-related Shigella dysentery in the UK involve HIV-positive patients, according to research presented to the annual conference of the British HIV Association

Published
26 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
Outbreak of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea in England

There have been 34 cases of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea amongst residents of England between November 2014 and April 2016. The outbreak spread from the north of England to the West Midlands and south of England, including London. Initial cases were among heterosexuals but more recent evidence suggests high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea is now spreading among men who have sex with men.

Published
15 April 2016
From
Public Health England
Shigella: epidemiology in adults in London from 2011 to 2015

Despite a small decrease in cases in 2014 and 2015, there is a clear sustained excess of adult male cases which likely reflects on-going transmission in MSM within the UK. Further work is needed to reduce transmission of Shigella in MSM.

Published
14 April 2016
From
Public Health England
Using saliva as lube can cause rectal gonorrhea

A study has shown that saliva from a person with a pharyngeal gonorrhea infection may substantially increase risk for rectal infections when that partner’s saliva is used as a lubricant during anal sex.

Published
05 April 2016
From
BETA blog
High-risk anal HPV infections persist in a significant proportion of HIV-negative MSM

Anal infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) types associated with a high risk of pre-cancerous and cancerous cell changes persisted for two years in 37% of men who

Published
30 March 2016
By
Michael Carter
Scottish HPV vaccination programme extends to men who have sex with men

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland will be eligible to receive the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine. The Scottish Government is following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends a targeted vaccination programme for MSM aged up to 45 who attend GUM and HIV clinics.

Published
29 March 2016
From
Scottish Government
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