Chlamydia: World’s first vaccine in sight

Researchers have identified an antigen that may protect against different strains of chlamydia-causing bacteria, paving the way for a chlamydia vaccine.
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Antibiotic resistance raising the specter of ‘untreatable gonorrhea’

The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, one of the most common among Americans, is becoming resistant to azithromycin – a main recommended treatment.
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Study examines risk of HIV transmission from condomless sex with virologically suppressed HIV-infected individuals

Among nearly 900 serodifferent (one partner is HIV-positive, one is HIV-negative) heterosexual and men who have sex with men couples in which the HIV-positive partner was using suppressive…
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Coping strategies and behavioural changes following a genital herpes diagnosis among an urban sample of underserved Midwestern women

This study focused on understanding the coping strategies and related behavioural changes of women who were recently diagnosed with herpes simplex virus type 2. In particular, we were interested in how coping strategies, condom use, and acyclovir uptake evolve over time. Twenty-eight women screening positive for herpes simplex virus type 2 were recruited through a public health STD clinic and the Indianapolis Community Court. Participants completed three semi-structured interviews with a woman researcher over a six-month period. The interviews focused on coping strategies for dealing with a diagnosis, frequency of condom use, suppressive and episodic acyclovir use, and the utilisation of herpes simplex virus type 2 support groups...

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HIV: What are the Symptoms?

Learn about the signs and symptoms of HIV. This article looks at the symptoms of the HIV and AIDS, and how they change over the different stages.
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Uptake of reversible contraceptives higher among Aboriginal women

The uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) is higher among Aboriginal women in the Western Desert communities of Western Australia than at a national level, research published in…
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Testosterone may be key to maintaining sexual function in older men

Testosterone therapy has been used for years, but research into its effect on sexual dysfunction in older men is scarce. A new study brings good news.
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Study examines health, risks for gay, bisexual adults

New national data suggest lesbian, gay and bisexual adults were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health and heavy drinking and smoking, which may be the result of stressors they…
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Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) genital shedding in HSV-2-/HIV-1-co-infected women receiving effective combination antiretroviral therapy

The dynamics of genital shedding of HSV-2 DNA was assessed in HIV-1-infected women taking combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). HIV-1 RNA, HIV-1 DNA and HSV DNA loads were measured during 12–18 months using frozen plasma, PBMC and cervicovaginal lavage samples from 22 HIV-1-infected women, including 17 women naive for antiretroviral therapy initiating cART and 5 women with virological failure switching to a new regimen. Nineteen (86%) women were HSV-2-seropositive. Among HSV-2-/HIV-1-co-infected women, HIV-1 RNA loads showed a rapid fall from baseline after one month of cART, in parallel in paired plasma and cervicovaginal secretions. In contrast, HIV-1 DNA loads did not show significant variations from baseline up to 18 months of treatment in both systemic and genital compartme…
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Unfortunate synergy between HIV and genital herpes.

Authors: PMID: 26884529 [PubMed – in process] (Source: Canadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien)
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