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  • Herpes

    Herpes is transmitted by contact with skin where the herpes simplex virus is present. It causes painful blisters on the genital and surrounding areas.Antiviral treatments...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Shigella

    Shigella is a serious gut infection causing severe, prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is transmitted by contact with very small amounts of human faeces....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Pubic lice and scabies

    Pubic lice and scabies are easily treated.Your GP or staff at a sexual health clinic can diagnose pubic lice or scabies.Pubic lice and scabies are...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

    LGV is a form of chlamydia. Tests for chlamydia also detect LGV.Most LGV cases are in gay men living with HIV. It is often diagnosed...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia can be transmitted via infected semen or vaginal fluids.Using a condom during sex is an effective way of preventing  chlamydia.Chlamydia is easily treated with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea can be passed on during anal, vaginal and oral sex.Using a condom during sex is an effective way of preventing gonorrhoea.Gonorrhoea is treated with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts

    HPV can be passed on during unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. Vaccines against HPV are available.  Some strains of HPV can cause genital warts....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Bacterial vaginosis

    Women may get bacterial vaginosis when the balance of normal bacteria in their vagina becomes disrupted.It is common and various activities seem to increase the...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Candidiasis (thrush)

    Candidiasis (thrush) is a common yeast infection, treated with anti-fungal drugs.Mild candidiasis in the mouth is relatively common in people with HIV.Good oral hygiene can reduce the...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexual health screening

    If you’re sexually active it is important to have regular tests for sexually transmitted infections. These tests are available free of charge from specialist sexual health or...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your health. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

    Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with semen, rectal mucus or blood.Many gay men with HIV have picked...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Sexual health check-ups

    Looking after your sexual health is important for anyone, but particularly so if you are living with HIV. If you are sexually active, it is important to have...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection that is usually easy to treat.Syphilis can progress more quickly and severely in people living with HIV.It can be contracted during...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexually transmitted infections

    This section contains a brief explanation of how common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on, their symptoms and their treatment. STIs can be caused by bacteria, viruses...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • NGU and NSU – non-gonococcal and non-specific urethritis

    NGU and NSU can be caused by several STIs.NGU/NSU is diagnosed by a swab test or checking a urine sample.NGU and NSU are treated with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Treating sexually transmitted infections to prevent HIV

    One strand of investigation in the biomedical prevention of HIV is to see whether we can reduce HIV incidence by treating other sexually transmitted infections...

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4

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  • Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63%

    Rates of the disease rose 63% in five years, led by infections in young heterosexual city dwellers.

    06 November 2017 | BBC Health
  • BASHH welcomes publication of position statement on doxycycline as post-exposure prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infections

    The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has welcomed the publication of a new joint BASHH and Public Health England (PHE) position statement on the use of doxycycline as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A conference presentation had suggested that use of PEP with doxycycline was associated with a halving of the rates of bacterial STIs in men who have sex with men (MSM), in an extension of the French IPERGAY trial. However caution is advised.

    03 November 2017 | BASHH
  • From More PrEP to State-of-the-Art STI Clinics, Here Are 4 Strategies to Reduce HIV Worldwide

    Here are 4 strategies noted by the European CDC to reduce HIV worldwide: Quick and easy HIV/STI testing centers, Solutions tailored to specific gay populations, Greater access to PrEP and ongoing medical monitoring, and Help from gay social apps.

    02 November 2017 | Hornet
  • European HIV Guidelines Make Special HPV Recommendations for Gay Men

    Gay and bisexual men with HIV should get vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) up until age 40, according to updated guidelines from the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS), released this week at the 16th European AIDS Conference. And others with HIV should be vaccinated until age 26, the guidelines state.

    30 October 2017 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Top gay sexual health clinic forced to turn away four out of five people a day

    Around 1,500 people are trying to get just 300 appointments at the most popular sexual health clinic for gay and bi men in the UK, after other clinics closed. Now experts are warning the cuts could lead to sexual infections rising in the UK capital.

    30 October 2017 | Gay Star News
  • STI warning as clinics close in London and self-testing is delayed

    People are being denied care at overburdened sexual health clinics after a wave of closures and huge delays to a controversial new self-testing scheme for diseases such as herpes and syphilis, health experts are warning.

    16 October 2017 | The Guardian
  • CDC: Rising PrEP Use Will Likely Drive Down STIs in Gay & Bi Men

    The recommended twice-yearly STI screening would drive this effect, likely compensating for any excess sexual risk taking in PrEP users.

    06 October 2017 | Poz
  • London turns the tide on an 8 year surge of gonorrhoea

    A new report from PHE shows that new cases of gonorrhoea in Londoners dropped by 19% in 2016 compared with figures from 2015.

    26 September 2017 | Public Health England
  • Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

    The problem the vaccine has faced is its link to a taboo in American culture: sexual activity among teenagers. Health-care providers are the biggest hurdle to getting more children vaccinated.

    11 September 2017 | MIT Technology Review
  • Sex Map of Britain 2: Dangerous Infections

    BBC Three goes inside the consulting rooms of one of London’s busiest Sexual Health clinics to see if Brits pay enough attention to their sexual health. Diagnosing unexplained pain, HIV tests and removing genital warts are all in a day’s work for the ‘sex doctors’ and nurses at this East London clinic.

    07 September 2017 | BBC (video, UK only)
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