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HPV vaccination programme for gay men announced in Wales

Men between 16 and 45 years old who attend specialist sexual health clinics will be offered the jab

21 December 2015
Daily Post
'Not far enough': reaction to the JCVI's announcement that the anti-cancer jab to prevent HPV will be extended to just MSM and not all boys

Vaccinations for MSM are a step forward but that this change in policy does not go nearly far enough. What is urgently needed is a decision to vaccinate all adolescent boys.

19 November 2015
HPV Action
Give HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men, government told

Advisers say extending use of cervical cancer vaccine given to girls could help cut risk of anal, penile and throat cancers.

19 November 2015
The Guardian
'HIV gel' effective against herpes

A microbicide gel initially intended to offer protection against HIV has been found to be effective against herpes. Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in South Africa. In the latest study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) showed that Tenofovir gel halved the risk of developing herpes simplex virus type 2 – a virus that is a leading cause of genital ulcers.

13 August 2015
Independent Online (South Africa)
Research advances potential for test and vaccine for genital and oral herpes

Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses, according to researchers. The work may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus.

12 August 2015
Science Daily
UNFPA, WHO and UNAIDS: Position statement on condoms and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy

Condoms are a critical component in a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and are effective for preventing unintended pregnancies. In 2013, an estimated 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV and an estimated 500 million people acquired chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis or trichomoniasis. In addition, every year more than 200 million women have unmet needs for contraception, leading to approximately 80 million unintended pregnancies.[iv] These three public health priorities require a decisive response using all available tools, with condoms playing a central role.

08 July 2015
A condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with STIs has been invented by a group of school pupils

The 'S.T.EYE' has a built-in indicator to detect infections such as chlamydia and syphilis, turning a different colour depending on the strain of bacteria present.

24 June 2015
The Independent
People With HIV Don't Get Enough STI Screenings

HIV-positive Americans with private health coverage are far from meeting the CDC's recommendation of yearly sexually transmitted infection screenings.

23 June 2015
The Independent claims HPV vaccine unsafe. Science says The Independent is wrong.

The Independent is the latest newspaper to do a hack job on the safety of the HPV vaccine and stoke false concerns about safety by publishing this poorly researched and alarmist piece on Sunday written by Paul Gallagher.

02 June 2015
Dr. Jen Gunter (blog)
Pilot study suggests that PrEP for other STIs might work

A small pilot study using a daily dose of the antibiotic doxycycline as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has found that a group of HIV-positive

12 February 2015
Gus Cairns

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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