Key Populations Week

​​Inequalities lead to health disparities. This week we feature key populations to highlight how intersectionality or different marginalised identities may overlap and exacerbate these disparities. We also feature selected organisations and their work to address these issues. A key example of this intersectionality is reported by Hermazewska et al. who conducted a systematic review of […]

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From the Editor’s desk – Highlights Sexually Transmitted Infections Volume 98-2

From the Editor’s desk   Sexual behaviours associated with incident high-risk anal human papillomavirus among gay and bisexual men by Wong et al. Why does it matter? HPV-related anal cancer disproportionally affects men who have sex with men. Vaccination and screening are key elements of effective prevention. Researchers in Sydney prospectively investigated 525 older men […]

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Mycoplasma Genitalium: Easy to detect, hard to treat

Mycoplasma genitalium (MGEN) is a common sexually transmitted infection that has been mainly associated with urethritis in men and is characterised by high rates of antimicrobial resistance. Understanding of the natural history of the infection is incomplete. In this STI podcast, Dr Fabiola Martin meets Dr Emma Sweeney, Prof Catarina Brashaw and Prof Nicola Low […]

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NATSAL-COVID: Sex, love and lockdown

Beginning in March 2020, contact with individuals outside of immediate households was banned with very few exceptions. The immediate impact on mental health, physical wellness, finances, and other crucial aspects of daily life were well documented and were considered in policy formulation. However, the impact on sexual relationships and intimacy remained elusive and few tools […]

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World HLTV Day: Exploring the perspective of patients, clinicians and scientists

Today BMJ STI honours World Human T-cell Leukaemia Virus (HTLV) Day. More than 40 years ago, before the discovery of HIV, Bob Gallo and his team discovered HTLV-1, an oncovirus and the first recognised human retrovirus. An estimated 5-10 million individuals have been exposed to infection with HTLV type-1 globally, with specific hyperendemic regions (1). […]

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From the Editor’s Desk – Highlights of the September Issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Editor’s choice: Factors associated with reporting antibiotic use as STI prophylaxis among HIV PrEP users: findings from a cross-sectional online community survey, May–July 2019, UK Why does it matter? Investigators used an online community survey to study the prevalence and factors associated with self-prescribed STI prophylaxis among HIV PrEP users. Self-prescribing was reported by ~ […]

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COVID-19 and People living with HIV – Revisited

Impact of HIV infection on COVID-19 clinical outcome   In June 2020, STI shared a podcast describing the first available data about the outcomes of COVID-19 related hospitalisation for people living with HIV (PLWH). We shared some  take-home points:  1) Encourage disclosure of known HIV status on COVID-19 related hospital admittance  2) Encourage HIV testing […]

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Highlights of the August 2021 issue

  Editor’s Choice: – Ways to improve knowledge of HIV and STIs among young MSM Why does it matter? Young MSM are at risk of HIV and STIs and poor knowledge is one recognised determinant. Researchers in Ireland tell us that knowledge regarding HIV and STI transmission, testing and treatment among MSM is modulated by […]

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World Hepatitis Day 2021

STI World Hepatitis Day Podcast In the last decade, direct-acting antivirals have revolutionised hepatitis C treatment. With curative rates in excess of 90%, in 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the ambitious target of international hepatitis C virus elimination by 2030, aiming to prevent the estimated 400,000 people who die each year from HCV-related […]

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