Do intravaginal practices make African women susceptible to HIV?

February saw the publication of what is probably the largest study of the association in sub-Saharan Africa between intravaginal practices – e.g. cleaning with cloth, paper or soap – and HIV incidence. It is a meta-analysis pooling data of 15,000 women deriving from 13 prospective longitudinal cohort studies.  A preponderance of HIV affected sub-Saharans are […]

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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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