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AT LAST: Gay men and transgender people get vaccine to prevent genital warts and anal cancer – impressive pilot results in England

Gay men and transgender people in England now have limited access to the HPV vaccine. Early results from an ongoing pilot study are extremely encouraging.

18 January 2017
HIV i-Base
HIV treatment might boost susceptibility to syphilis, say researchers

The antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection might inadvertently be boosting gay/bisexual men's susceptibility to the bacteria responsible for syphilis, Treponema pallidum, conclude researchers in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

17 January 2017
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
A sexual health revolution – how to unleash the power of collaboration

London’s Sexual Health Transformation Programme provides valuable lessons for any organisation collaborating to deliver system-wide change. Mary Cleary, Programme Lead, and Dr Andrew Howe, Director of Public Health for the London Boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, describe their approach.

10 January 2017
STI Diagnoses Rise Among PrEP Users in a Northern California Health System

Among a large group of people accessing Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from a Northern California health system, the quarterly rates of rectal gonorrhea and urethral chlamydia increased steadily and about doubled after one year.

05 January 2017
Listerine gargle every day helps slow spread of gonorrhoea, study finds

Daily rinsing and gargling with a commercial brand of mouthwash could help control the spread of gonorrhoea, a study has found.

20 December 2016
The Guardian
Almost half of MSM with HIV/HCV co-infection have HCV in their rectal fluid

Almost half of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) who have co-infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have detectable HCV in their rectal fluid,

08 December 2016
Michael Carter
Why over 45s are at risk of sexually transmitted infections – new findings

Our research with heterosexual men and women in Glasgow aged between 45 and 65 explored not only what middle-aged adults know about HIV and other STIs but also the social circumstances surrounding that knowledge.

05 December 2016
The Conversation
Hepatitis C Sheds Enough in the Rectum to Transmit Through Anal Sex

Researchers have come up with the first direct evidence that enough hepatitis C virus (HCV) sheds into the rectums of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) to transmit directly to another man’s penis during anal sex, even when no blood is present.

30 November 2016
Men with HIV and men on PrEP in Boston see large increase in sexually transmitted infections

Rates of gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia have risen steeply at Fenway Health in Boston since 2011, according to a presentation last week at IDWeek in New Orleans.

03 November 2016
Liz Highleyman
STD rates sharply rise in U.S. says CDC – Will misinformation from PrEP critics prevail?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just published a report on the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2015, finding the highest number of case reports on these infections in 20 years and a steep increase over the last reported period in 2014. Is this a cause for concern? Absolutely. But, as will inevitably be the case, there are going to be questions about whether increasing use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is to blame and the answer is pretty conclusively “no” as far as one can tell from the available data and the CDC as much as says so.

25 October 2016
Project Inform
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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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