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Concern over online gonorrhoea treatment

Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea put patients at risk by not following best treatment guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates has found. Sexual health experts recommend patients receive a powerful antibiotic, which can only be injected, but the BBC found seven UK-based websites offering only oral antibiotics. Such treatment can lead to antibiotics becoming less effective, experts warn.

Published
03 March 2015
From
BBC
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stops 86% of HIV infections in PROUD study

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the English PROUD study, demonstrated the highest effectiveness yet seen for this method of HIV prevention, the Conference on Retroviruses and

Published
24 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Low CD4 count important risk factor for oral HPV infection in patients with HIV

A low CD4 count is the single most important risk factor for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in HIV-positive patients, investigators from the United States report in the

Published
23 February 2015
By
Michael Carter
Annual epidemiological report 2014 - Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and blood-borne viruses

The annual report provides an overview of the epidemiology of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, hepattis B and C, HIV, AIDS and syphilis based on 2012 data.

Published
20 February 2015
From
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Pilot study suggests that PrEP for other STIs might work

A small pilot study using a daily dose of the antibiotic doxycycline as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has found that a group of HIV-positive

Published
12 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
HPV Vaccination Not Associated with Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

A barrier to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been the concern that it may promote unsafe sexual activity, but a new study of adolescent girls finds that HPV vaccination was not associated with increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
11 February 2015
From
JAMA press release
S.T.D. Care for Two

Some states let doctors give antibiotics to a patient and to a nonpatient sexual partner. The strategy has been shown to lower rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but remains underused because most states do not cover the medications’ cost and many doctors are uncomfortable treating patients they have not evaluated.

Published
03 February 2015
From
New York Times
Rare Ocular Syphilis Strikes Six, Blinding Two, in Washington State

Washington State health officials have reported a cluster of rare syphilis infections of the eyes — detected in six people, two of them stricken blind. Three are HIV-positive.

Published
30 January 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Did You Know Dolphins Have Genital Warts?

STIs are not limited to humans. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins can get genital warts, baboons suffer from herpes, syphilis is common in rabbits and cats have their own version of AIDS.

Published
16 January 2015
From
Huffington Post
Successful peer-recruited project shows it is possible to do prevention work with gay men in hostile environments

A community education and HIV prevention project that took place among 626 gay  men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in St Petersburg in Russia

Published
15 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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