Sexual Health News



Sexual Health News

Sexually transmitted infections (STI), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sex, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. Most STIs initially do not cause symptoms.


The articles below have been chosen for education and well-being related to STIs.

More detailed information on STIs can be found on the Haemosexual website.


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PSMA PET/CT clearly differentiates prostate cancer from benign tissue

Using nuclear medicine, researchers have found a way to accurately differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue in prostate cancer patients. The research demonstrates that the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) on 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT scans correlates with PSMA-expression in primary prostate cancer. By this means, researchers were able to generate an SUVmax cutoff for the differentiation of cancerous and benign prostate tissue.



January 2018


Site of 1st chlamydia exposure makes big difference

Discovery has vaccine implications

Exposing the gut to chlamydia protects against subsequent infection in the genital tract and other tissues, researchers have discovered. Chlamydia is the nation’s most common sexually transmitted disease and causes infertility, ectopic pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease if left untreated.




Kisspeptin: Mouse study shows how the brain controls sex

Kisspeptin has already been identified as the key molecule within the brain responsible for triggering puberty and controlling fertility. A new study in mice reveals that a subset of neurons in an evolutionarily ancient part of brain, the hypothalamus, drive both attraction to the opposite sex and sexual behavior by two independent mechanisms.

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27th December 2017

Online sexual health services double number of people getting STI tests, study finds


15th December 2017

Half of young people don’t use condoms for sex with new partner


13th November 2017

Up to a quarter of HIV-negative gay men attending three English clinics used PrEP in the last year


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3rd November 2017

Doxycycline as post-exposure prophylaxis for STIs: PHE response

In this joint statement, Public Health England (PHE) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) do not endorse the use of Doxycycline PEP for STIs because any potential benefits will be outweighed by the considerable potential for antibiotic resistance to develop in STIs and other bacteria.

Further studies are required to measure the wider impact of prophylactic doxycycline on antibiotic resistance (AMR).



November 2017

Factsheet LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum)

Aidsmap – Factsheet – LGV


The HIV virus seen through a microscope. There are fears a reduction of services in London could see infection levels rise again.

15th October 2017

STI warning as clinics close in London and self-testing is delayed


22nd August 2017

No sex please, we’re American: US fondness for preaching abstinence is a mistake, health experts warn


7th August 2017

How the throat acts as a “silent reservoir” for Gonorrhea



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24th July 2017

London gonorrhoea rates fall, and HIV rates falling in Australia as more join PrEP demo


Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria

20th June 2017

Untreatable gonorrhoea ‘superbug’ spreading around world, WHO warns

World Health Organization tells of ‘very serious situation’ after confirming three known cases where all antibiotics were ineffective



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20th June 2017

Gay men warned to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A if they are heading to World Pride in Madrid


8th June 2017

Hepatitis A outbreaks in European Region mostly affecting men who have sex with men


6th June 2017

Syphilis cases at highest level since 1949 amid warnings of sexual health crisis


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23rd May 2017

GP practices should offer opportunistic sexual health testing – study finds


19th May 2017

Almost Half of American Men Have HPV


24th April 2017


Stealthing is the newest dangerous sex trend


10th April 2017

PrEP is approved in Scotland