It’s Time to Equalise: World AIDS Day 2022 Highlights the Struggle of Marginalised Communities

The world has eight more years until 2030 – the year that’s been chosen as the one during which the HIV pandemic will be terminated. In order to achieve that goal, we have to combat social, financial, political and legal inequalities that limit access to adequate healthcare among numerous vulnerable members of the global population.

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Are Bacterial STDs More Benign Than Viral Ones?

While chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis are triggered by bacteria, the 4 H’s (herpes, HIV, HPV and hepatitis B) occur due to viruses. Bacterial STDs are curable, but viral STDs are lifelong conditions which are only treatable with the help of antiretrovirals. That being said, bacterial STDs are less severe than viral ones. In this article, deep dive into how antibiotics fully eliminate bacterial STIs and how antiretrovirals manage symptoms.

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Are Warts Always Caused By HPV?

Genital warts are almost always linked to HPV. Warts are not considered serious health problems, but these mild but annoying conditions can cause discomfort and shame towards those who experience them. Although not all types of HPV end up in genital warts, all genital warts always happen because of some HPV strains. In this article, dive deeper into the types of warts, when they emerge and how to tell warts apart from skin tags and moles.

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How Taking Antibiotics Can Ward Off 3 Common STDs

A recent study indicates the benefit of taking doxycycline within 72 hours after condomless sex. A trial involving 544 men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women and “gender diverse” folks proved that taking the drug may reduce the probability of being diagnosed with bacterial STIs by 62% to 66%. In this article, we detailed what the study finds and rising concerns after the study was presented at the 24th International AIDS Conference.

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Is HPV the Sole Risk Factor of Penile Cancer?

Mostly associated with women and cervical cancers, HPV is an STD that also causes penile cancer in men. However, not limited to HPV, there are so many risk factors that lead to penile cancer such as age, weakened immune systems, phimosis as well as particular treatment. In this article, we explored the risk factors of penile cancer and what we can do to lower the risks of developing it.

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