Call for papers on Criminalizing Contagion

The BMJ Group journals Sexually Transmitted Infections (impact factor 3.029) and the Journal of Medical Ethics (impact factor 1.391), in conjunction with academics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (University of Manchester) and the Health Ethics and Law Network (University of Southampton), would like to publish a collection of articles on the criminalization […]

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Do you want to write for us?

We are seeking contributions on clinical topics of interest to our readers, for the “How To” series, edited by Dr Sarah Edwards. Could you write for your colleagues on a topic of practical relevance to clinicians? Perhaps a common clinical conundrum, or an area not covered by guidelines where evidence is lacking? If you would […]

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HIV infection and female genital tract immunity

A recent article offers a systematic review of the literature concerning the influence of clinical characteristics (e.g. pregnancy or STI history) on female genital tract immunity to HIV. This review places itself against the background of an increasing shift in HIV research from systemic considerations relating to transmission of the infection – “the blood compartment” […]

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Just supposing Trichomonas Vaginalis proved not to be an exclusively sexually transmitted infection after all …… ?

A recent laboratory study based on specimens from 766 US patients with vaginal symptoms evaluates the performance of the current US FDA (Federal Drugs Administration) approved diagnostic test for Trichomonas Vaginalis (BD Affirm VPIII hybridization) against a modern molecular amplification based test (Gen-Probe Aptima). The greater sensitivity of the new test emerges clearly in this […]

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What role for antiretroviral microbicides in the future combat against HIV?

At the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), meeting in Boston (27th February – 2nd March) researchers reported results from two trials involving the use of antiretroviral drugs, currently used in therapy, for the prevention of HIV transmission. These trials (MTN 001 & RMP-02/MTN-006) are just two among a whole programme of HIV-related […]

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Chlamydia Internet-based self-screening: ‘another tool in our tool-box’?

A recent paper gives details of an Internet-based self-screening programme for Chlamydia in Baltimore, Maryland, running since 2004.  The web site was advertised on the radio and in free community magazines, and kits made available at community locations, or sent on the Internet or in response to phone request.  Participants return a questionnaire with their […]

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