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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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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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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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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