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Scientists Learn Why Even Treated Genital Herpes Sores Boost the Risk of HIV Infection

New research helps explain why infection with herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which causes genital herpes, increases the risk for HIV infection even after successful treatment heals the genital skin sores and breaks that often result from HSV-2.

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Male Circumcision Reduces Risk of Genital Herpes and HPV Infection, but Not Syphilis

Heterosexual men who undergo medical circumcision can significantly reduce their risk of acquiring two common sexually transmitted infections?herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the cause of genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can ...

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CDC Says HIV Prevention Programs Must Make Treating Other STDs a Priority

What is the link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References

The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in ...

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Growing Syphilis Epidemic Among HIV-Infected MSM in New York City

There's nothing like hearing the results of studies directly from those who actually conducted the research. It is these women and men who are transforming HIV treatment and care. In this interview, you'll meet one of these impressive HIV researchers...

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Surprisingly, Acyclovir for HSV-2 Treatment Fails to Curtail HIV Acquisition

In this summary of her study, Connie Celum, M.D., of the University of Washington at Seattle, discusses surprisingly disappointing results from a study examining whether the use of acyclovir to treat herpes simplex virus type-2 infection can, in turn...

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Biological and Demographic Causes of High HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevalence in Men Who Have Sex With Men

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by HIV. MSM and heterosexual networks are distinguished by biologically determined sexual role segregation among heterosexual individuals but not among MSM, and by anal/vaginal transmiss...

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Up to 5 Percent of African-American HIV Cases Due to Syphilis; National Prevention Program Could Save U.S. Money

African Americans suffer disproportionate morbidity and mortality from a variety of preventable and treatable health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke. With regard to HIV/AIDS, African Americans have higher rates of incidence, p...

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Value of Consistent Condom Use: A Study of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Among African American Adolescent Females

A recent report suggested that evidence was insufficient to evaluate the degree of benefit provided by condoms against most STDs. However, in vitro evidence suggests that transmission of the largest STD pathogens (i.e., bacterial and protozoans) can ...

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Circumcised Men Less Likely to Get Virus That Causes Cervical Cancer

According to a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine (No. 346; Vol. 15), women whose sex partners are circumcised may be less likely to get cervical cancer. The study found that men with intact foreskins were three times more likely th...