STIs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a rising problem worldwide, threatening the physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health of women everywhere.

HIV risk no barrier to contraceptive choice

New WHO guidelines expands contraceptive choice for women at high risk of HIV

Good sexual health and bad STIs

Good sexual health has a positive impact on many aspects of a woman’s life, and OBGYNs have a critical role to play in supporting informed, safe and responsible sexual health...

Cervical Cancer and HIV

One woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes, and HIV-infected women are at fives times greater risk. Task-sharing could help.

Standard UTI testing 'doesn't diagnose all cases of infection'

Women who are suffering from pain when going to the toilet or who constantly feel they need to urinate are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI), even if tests come back negative for bacterial infection. Around a quarter of UTI cases do not show up when using standard testing, meaning...

Vaginal bacteria could be responsible for recurrent UTIs

A vaginal bacteria could trigger recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) among women, scientists have found. The discovery could point to why sexual activity can trigger UTIs. The bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis can make dormant E. coli left from a previous infection to start multiplying again,...

UNAIDS: Urgent need to increase HIV prevention in women

To mark International Women’s Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a report showing that there is an urgent need to increase HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls around the world. The report, titled ‘When women lead, change...

New partnership launched to develop AIDS vaccine

A new partnership has been formed between European and African researchers to develop a new vaccine that can be used to prevent infection with different strains of HIV across the globe. The Globally Relevant AIDS Vaccine Europe-Africa Trials Partnership (GREAT) will set out to evaluate a new...

Herpes could lead to infertility

A possible link between a strain of herpes and infertility emphasises that sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) can have serious reproductive health consequences for women beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself.

STIs 'behind birth of monogamy'

Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) may have led to the development of monogamy in early humans, according to a new study. Research carried out by scientists from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suggests that the spread of STIs due to polygamous relationships may have eventually...

Combined HIV and hepatitis C jab 'a possibility'

A combined HIV and hepatitis C vaccination may come to market in the near future, according to a presentation at the recent International Liver Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Statistics show that some 2.3 million people around the world are living with both HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV),...