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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Over 210,000 Men in Singapore at Risk of HIV Infection, New Study Shows

A new academic analysis shows that the size of the population at risk of a HIV infection in Singapore is much larger than initially estimated. According to the National University of Singapore researchers, there are over 210,000 men engaging in sexual contact with other men – an activity that puts them at a high risk of infection. There are three additional at-risk groups – the male clients of female sex workers, the sex workers themselves and intravenous drug users.

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World’s Oldest HIV-Positive Person Celebrates 100th Birthday

HIV-positive individuals can lead long and productive lives nowadays. Miguel or the Lisbon Patient is the living proof of that claim. Diagnosed with early-stage AIDS when he was 84, Miguel has just celebrated his 100th birthday. While he does experience some minor age-related problems, Miguel is perfectly healthy and HIV is undetectable in his body. The doctors treating Miguel have decided to share his story in order to inspire HIV-positive individuals and help them seek treatment as soon as possible.

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News Update: Sentence Produced in Singapore HIV Registry Leak Case

A Kentucky court found Mikhy Farrera Brochez guilty of attempting to extort the Singaporean government in connection to the official HIV registry leak. The official sentence will be announced in September but Brochez faces jail time. He released the names and addresses of 5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners featured in the official Singaporean HIV registry. Brochez said that he was doing whistleblowing to raise awareness about the unreliability of the registry. The Kentucky prosecution, however, refuted these claims and showed Brochez had been going after personal gains.

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Singapore Still Lags behind in Ensuring HIV Social Acceptance

Medicine has accomplished a lot in terms of treating HIV-positive individuals. HIV PEP, HIV PrEP and antiretroviral medications could make the viral load virtually undetectable. Regardless of medical advances, however, HIV acceptance in Singapore remains low. Even medical professionals contribute to the perpetuation of the stigma. Because of the negative attitudes, the number of people who get tested and who start receiving treatment early enough after an infection remains low.

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WHO: One Million STD New Diagnoses Every Single Day

Globally, more than one million new STI infections occur on a daily basis, the World Health Organization reports. Four conditions are responsible for the bulk of these new diagnoses – gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and syphilis. Researchers have also identified a troublesome new trend. There have been multiple super-gonorrhoea infections. These involve a bacterial strain that has evolved to become antibiotic-resistant. As a result, such infections become nearly impossible to treat.

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Are We Close to the Development of Vaccines for Common STDs?

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will grant massive sums for the research and development of STD vaccines over the coming five years. The scientific community will focus on the three most common STIs in the world – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. While information about STIs is readily available, the incidence of such infections has increased rapidly. Because the diseases pose a serious public health risk in countries across the world, all efforts will be concentrated on their prevention and eventual eradication.

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