Anti-HIV strategies in limited resource settings set the pattern for combating other diseases

HIV-specific interventions in poor regions of the world like sub-Saharan Africa may have benefits for their health systems that exceed the initial aims of those interventions (How should HIV-specific charitable interventions like PEPFAR be evaluated? (STI/blog)). This is the encouraging message coming out of a recent evaluation of treatment of rheumatoid heart disease (RHD) in […]

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The recent trend towards multi-resistant gonorrhoea in coastal China

Alarming data have recent been reported (Yin & Chen) (Y&C) from the China Gonococcal Resistance Surveillance Programme (China-GRSP), covering seven (mostly coastal) provinces in the period 2013-2016. The study is relevant for Chinese national treatment policy, which currently recommends azithromycin monotherapy. However, with an estimated 45% of the world’s 78 million incident cases occurring in […]

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‘Over-fifties’ diagnosed with HIV: an increasingly important population in European countries

Recent data (Tavoschi & Pharris) about HIV diagnosis from the European surveillance system for the period 2004-2015 point to, amongst other things, the rising importance of the category of older people (>50 years). This trend is something that we have long been aware of (Savona/STI; Bodley-Tickell & Goold/STI). It is less than obvious, however, first, […]

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The efficacy of Gardasil nonavalent HPV vaccine

The best choice of HPV vaccine – Gardasil 4vHPV, Cervatrix 2vHPV or Gardasil 9vHPV – will no doubt vary from one country to another. But decisions regarding the relative cost-effectiveness and affordability of a particular vaccine depend upon estimates of its efficacy. As regards the most recent vaccine, Gardasil 9vHPV, Huh & Luxembourg (H&L) have […]

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To tweet or not to tweet?

Blog post by Katy Turner (@katymeturner) Who is responsible for tweet etiquette at conferences? Organisers? Presenters? Tweeters? Conference organisers can certainly set the tone for an event with pronouncements like this one: Tweet from Trish Groves (@trished) Clear guide #ICTMC2017 on seeking permission to blog, tweet, take pics (I should’ve read this sooner) This feels […]

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The PrEP ‘care continuum/cascade’: how would it look?

We take for granted the value of the care continuum (or ‘cascade’), now increasingly seen as the key measure of health system response to HIV (Cassell (STIs editorial)).   The application of this model to HIV has provided a benchmark for evaluation in contexts as diverse as Moscow (Wirtz & Beyrer (STIs)), South Africa (Schwartz & […]

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Improving Partner Notification with a new online tool from SXT Health CIC – by Anatole Menon-Johansson

Improving levels of partner notification (PN) is key to reducing the transmission of STIs in the UK, but doing so has proved to be difficult, time consuming, and expensive for many. As few as 25% of sexual health care providers achieve the BASHH target of 0.6 partners seen for every patient diagnosed with an STI […]

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Editor-in-Chief Vacancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections (sti.bmj.com) is the world’s longest running international journal on sexual health, publishing peer reviewed original research, descriptive epidemiology, evidence-based reviews and comment on the clinical, public health, translational, sociological and laboratory aspects of sexual health from around the world. It also has an active online presence via a regular blog, podcasts, and […]

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Should the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Keele University Postgraduate Award in Medical Education be compulsory for GUM trainees?

Author: Dr Zana Ladipo, New Croft Sexual Health Centre, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle, UK Sexual Health services in the United Kingdom are changing from separate Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinics and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH) clinics to a more integrated Sexual Health service, a one-stop shop for patients. There […]

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