Debunking Common Myths about the HPV Vaccine

Vaccines like Gardasil are readily available and they offer reliable protection against multiple types of cancer plus genital warts. Since these vaccines are relatively new, however, people have many questions about them. Misconceptions spread around and prevent many from getting vaccinated. Debunking these common myths is essential to maximise vaccination efforts and protect both men and women against an array of potential health risks.

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HPV Vaccination Is Important for Everyone, Including Boys!

The HPV vaccine has proven time and time again to be safe, effective and well-tolerated. It protects against genital warts, cervical cancer and several other types of cancer that have been linked to HPV exposure. While the vaccine is mostly being promoted as a solution for women, the importance of getting boys vaccinated high. The prominence of HPV-related cancers among men is high and vaccines can offer reliable protection.

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Syphilis Infection Rates Increase Across the Globe

Numerous countries and regions have reported an increase in the rate of new syphilis diagnoses. The increase has been rapid in Japan, various Canadian provinces and European Union (EU) countries. According to researchers, the reasons behind the increase in the rate of STIs are complex. There’s a tendency for reduced barrier contraception use. In addition, new syphilis diagnoses affect a disproportionately high number of men who have sex with men.

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New Test Becomes the First Reliable Mycoplasma Genitalium Detection Opportunity

The FDA in America has given its approval for new tests that can positively identify an STI-causing bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. The FDA approval came after 12,000 samples were examined and the reliability of the test was confirmed. Mycoplasma genitalium is known to cause urinary and reproductive tract infections. Until present, however, there was no reliable way to test for its presence. The early treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium infections is very important because in the long run, these could contribute to infertility or pregnancy complications.

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A Rare, Serious Form of Gonorrhoea Has Appeared: Here Are the Details

Five cases of a rare form of gonorrhoea infection have been identified in the US. Called disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI), this condition is caused by the bacterium that is responsible for the STI. DGI usually results from a high viral load, which is why the diagnosis of five people with this medical condition is uncommon. Doctors recommend regular screening for all sexually active individuals, as well as the practice of safe sex with condoms to bring down the risk of infections.

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Extraction of HIV Genetic Code Provides Information about Virus Emergence

American researchers have studied a tissue sample from the 1960s, recovering nearly the entire HIV virus genetic code. Based on this information, the researchers can determine accurately when the human immunodeficiency virus passed from chimps to humans. Some earlier estimates suggest this happened in the 1920s but the latest research establishes an earlier date in the 1900s. Determining when the HIV epidemics began is very important because the timeframe will enable scientists come up with the factors that facilitated the spread of the virus.

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