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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The World Sees Growth in New Syphilis Cases, Are Dating Sites to Blame?

Syphilis infection rates have skyrocketed in many parts of the world, including Asian countries, Europe, the US and Canada.in some instances, the increase in new infections exceeds 187 per cent. Singapore has also noted a growing trend of STI infections over the past few years. According to researchers, dating apps and internet-based technologies contribute to the problem. They make casual encounters easier and much more accessible, which leads to the effortless spread of diseases like syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

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The World Sees a Massive Reduction in HIV/AIDS Deaths Since 2010

The number of HIV deaths worldwide has gone down 33 per cent since 2010, a report by UNAIDS and the United Nations suggests. Unfortunately, some parts of the world have seen an increase in the number of newly infected individuals and the overall number of people living with HIV or AIDS. The report concludes that medical advances like HIV PEP and HIV PrEP have played an important role in controlling the epidemic and that researchers may soon be capable of formulating a reliable, effective and widely accessible cure.

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The World is Getting Closer to HIV Vaccine Development

Johnson & Johnson is just one of the pharmaceutical companies that will be carrying out a human vaccine HIV test. The company has already completed animal studies and it has established the safety of the vaccine. It will now have to work towards proving the vaccine’s effectiveness. Results from the trial are anticipated in 2023 but it isn’t the only experiment currently underway. A HIV vaccine trial is already taking place in Africa. The African study involves female volunteers due to the disproportionately high infection risk women in many African countries face.

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Number of Syphilis Diagnoses in Thailand Goes Up: What Are the Dangers?

The number of new syphilis infections in Thailand has been on the rise, especially among younger individuals. Authorities worry about the trend because it indicates increased prevalence of unsafe sexual practices. The rate of infections among sex workers is also relatively high, which jeopardises the health of tourists and visitors to the country. While syphilis is relatively easy to treat, it can remain hidden for a long period of time. The infection increases the risk of contracting other STDs, as well.

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