STI news

The cost of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: a case for the promotion of outpatient services? A US study on the financial implications of PID in adolescents draws attention to patients’ under-use of appropriate outpatient services and the enormous cost of cases requiring hospitalization. The adolescents in the study, from black, low-income backgrounds, were mostly first seen […]

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New STI surveillance data in England

STI surveillance in England has taken a major step forward with the first publication of STI data based on GUMCAD (Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset).   For the first time, the genitourinary medicine(GUM)  clinic data are based on a disaggregate dataset, using pseudonymised individual level data, rather than an aggregate summary.  As a consequence, we […]

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STI on the BBC

We at STI were delighted to see that  one of our research papers (http://sti.bmj.com/content/early/2010/06/07/sti.2009.041954.short?q=w_sti_ahead_tab )  had been picked up by the British Broadcasting Corporation `s news website ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/10401029.stm). It reports a dutch study on STI rates amongst “swingers”  ( heterosexual couples who are practising mate swapping, group sex or visit sex clubs for couples). The […]

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BASHH( British Association for Sexual Health and HIV ) Ordinary General Meeting 11th June 2010 – Highlights blog

Lots of very interesting stuff at this 4 times a year single afternoon and evening meeting held at the sumptuous Royal Society of Medicine venue in central London. For me it is certainly worth the 2 hour train journey from the north of England. The afternoon was hosted by the UK`s Medical Research Council and […]

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Training for sexual health and HIV gets the online treatment

By Harriet Smith at Munro and Forster, on behalf of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV ( BASHH): A free and comprehensive online resource supporting specialist training in sexual health and HIV was launched today (22nd April) at the Second Joint Conference of BASHH with the British HIV Association. eHIV-STI, e-Learning for Sexual […]

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Specialists produce evidence to show HIV testing in UK hospitals is a ‘lottery’

By Harriet Smith at Munro and Forster, on behalf of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV ( BASHH): Three new research studies unveiled at the Second Joint Conference of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA), in Manchester today, revealed that people with HIV infection […]

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BASHH/BHIVA conference – friday

A remarkably good turn-out given it was the morning after the night before! I won’t dwell on the gala dinner at Manchester Cathedral, although I should say how absolutely beautiful the cathedral looked, with a sea of candles illuminating the gothic structure and its vaulted ceiling. I must admit though, that it was slightly surreal […]

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BASHH/BHIVA conference – Thursday

For those of you who think that attending a conference is an excuse to ‘skive’, I’ll have you know that I dutifully got up in time to attend the 8 a.m. Medical Research council meeting discussing the PIVOT (protease monotherapy) trial. However, I declined the champagne with the breakfast. As discussed in yesterdays blog, this […]

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BHIVA/BASHH Conference Highlights

After a series of satellite symposia, the programme started today with Steve Taylor’s “Top Ten” papers of the past year.  As Steve acknowledged, a talk like this is something of a poisoned chalice, with the opportunity to alienate friends and enemies alike. He cheated a bit, choosing a number of major topics and sneaking a […]

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BHIVA/BASHH conference – Tuesday 20th April

Overshadowed by volcanic ash – above the surprisingly bright and cloudless sky of Manchester – the BHIVA/BASHH conference started well if disjointedly, with absent international speakers. Rosella Nappi joined us from Naples to talk about sexual desire disorders in women, like a voice in a Victorian séance, but others were altogether absent. Tom Quinn was […]

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