Items tagged as: STIs

STI data: cause for concern

The number of syphilis diagnoses in 2016 was the largest reported since 1949 according to figures released by Public Health England (PHE) (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-annual-data-tables). Since 2012, syphilis diagnoses have risen by 97%, mostly associated with transmission in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with …

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Late HIV diagnosis in men

New diagnoses of HIV in heterosexual men continues to decline but late diagnosis is more likely than in any other group. Late diagnosis is a problem because these men have been living with an undiagnosed HIV infection for at least three years and are at …

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Pubic hair grooming and STIs

The trend for pubic hair ‘grooming’ is linked to an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in both men and women.
A US study, published in the BMJ’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Journal, found that 66% of men and 84% of women reported that they shaved or …

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NHS can fund PrEP – but no obligation

The NHS can commission pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection following a Court of Appeal ruling upholding an earlier High Court judgement. However, it does not mean that it will fund it.
Earlier this year, NHS England had claimed that it could not consider the funding …

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