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IDWeek 2019: What to Expect at This Year's Conference

We're covering the latest news and research from this major interdisciplinary meeting on infectious diseases, which takes place in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6.

Ivana Beesham

Experts Flummoxed By Conflicting New Data on STIs, HIV, and Long-Term Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa

ECHO trial results and follow-up studies find unexpectedly low rates of some STIs among users of certain long-term hormonal contraceptives. They also find high HIV rates (unrelated to the contraceptives) that suggest considerable value for PrEP integration.

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South Africa: Huge Herpes Infections in Women With HIV

This article was reported by Health-e.

Health-e reported that for the first time, the South African annual antenatal HIV survey tested pregnant women for herpes simplex virus (HSV). According to the 2012 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and HSV-2 Pre...

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HIV and Syphilis Infection Among Men Who Have Sex With Men -- Bangkok, Thailand, 2005-2011

Although efforts to control the heterosexual human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in Thailand had shown success by the late 1990s,1 HIV continued to spread in other risk groups, including men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2003, the Thailand ...

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Guatemala to Investigate U.S. Study on Sex Diseases

A committee impaneled Monday by President Alvaro Colom will investigate the two-year experiment, disclosed Friday by the Obama administration, in which US scientists deliberately infected hundreds of Guatemalans with STDs.

The committee "will try to...

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U.S. Infected Guatemalans for STD Tests

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, together with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, on Friday issued a joint apology for medical experiments the US government conducted in the 1940s in which Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers ...

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Effect of Herpes Simplex Suppression on Incidence of HIV Among Women in Tanzania

Given that infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is associated with an increased risk of acquiring HIV, the current study tested whether therapy to suppress HSV-2 might reduce the risk of HIV acquisition.

The subjects of the study were ...

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The Characterization of a Recent Syphilis Outbreak in Sheffield, U.K., and an Evaluation of Contact Tracing as a Method of Control

The study authors sought to explore the factors around and the success of contact-tracing in a recent major outbreak of infectious syphilis in Sheffield, and to evaluate the effectiveness of this standard control strategy.

A retrospective chart revi...

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Edmonton: Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rise Tied to Casual Sex

Heterosexuals who regularly engage in casual sex are hampering efforts by Edmonton health officials to trace partners in the region's largest syphilis outbreak since the 1980s. Dr. Ameeta Singh, medical director of Capital Health's STD Centre and a c...

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London: Most Women Unaware of HPV, Cancer Link

A survey released Tuesday showed that many women are unaware that the human papillomavirus is the main cause of cervical cancer, and that birth control pills offer no protection against it. HPV, linked with about 95 percent of cases of cervical cance...