eLetters

52 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • A Co-ordinated approach to HIV post-exposure prophylaxis ensures appropriate &high completion rates.
    U Leena Sathia

    Dear Editor,

    The authors S Day et al1 should be commended on the performance of their department in the appropriate provision of post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) in accordance with BASHH guidelines2.

    A co-ordinated post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) policy was introduced at St Mary’s Hospital, London in November 2002, comprising formal links between GUM, A&E and...

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  • "the quality of raw data"
    Karen M. Matta Oshima

    Dear Editor,

    In their study Edwards et al. found that the prevalence of sex exchange for money or drugs is approximately 3.5% among the general population of United States adolescents (1). Despite this being a very worthwhile and understudied area of research, as a researcher and clinician, I have a serious concerns about the data used for this study and the accuracy of the analysis used. Gordis (2) noted that, “...

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  • Dynamic modelling of Chlamydia trachomatis: a correction
    Helen J Moriarty

    Dear Editor

    Roberts et al (1) have undertaken an ambitious task to critique economic evaluations and mathematical modelling of this topic, and have raised pertinent issues about modelling fidelity. I wish to correct their reference to my contribution to the field, which has been described as an 'undefined "mathematical model"'. A table in my paper (2) summarised the adapted Markov model with its six inbuilt feedback l...

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  • partner notification preferences
    Veronique Verhoeven

    Dear Editor,

    In their study, Apoola et al found that patient referral was the most favoured method of partner notification in a large sample of GUM clinics attendees (1).

    Their observations are in line with our findings in a recent (2006) survey in an age- and gender stratified sample of the general population in Flanders, Belgium.

    Three hundred patients were questioned regarding acceptability of partn...

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  • Chlamydia screening could be harmful
    Rudiger Pittrof

    Dear Editor,

    Low and colleagues used record linkage to identify specific reproductive health outcomes in women who had or have not had a chlamydia test. In their paper they refer to "tests done for any purpose as screening tests". In their analysis they took the "temporal sequence of chlamydia testing and development of consequences" into account. The most important finding of this study was the absence of any...

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  • Chlamydia is still a global perspective
    Jeevan P Marasinghe

    Dear Editor,

    Chlamydia trachomatis is one of the commonest organisms causing pelvic inflammatory disease caused by ascending infections to upper female genital tract from vagina and cervix. It is said to be the most serious infection encountered by females and about one million teenage girls in United states suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease caused by ascending infections including Chlamydia trachomatis.Clini...

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  • Patients' acceptance of medical students in Genitourinary clinics
    Emma Rutland

    Dear Editor,

    We were interested to read Shann and Wilson’s paper: Patients' attitudes to the presence of medical students in a genitourinary medicine clinic. [1] They found that younger patients and those attending the clinic for the first time were less likely to agree to the presence of medical students in clinic. Additionally young female patients were less likely to agree to the presence of male students. T...

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  • Estimates of complications associated with Chlamydia trachomatis need to be refined
    Ian Simms

    Dear Editor,

    We are seriously concerned by the interpretation Low et al. make from their retrospective cohort study in Uppsala County(1). The study has many methodological issues which may have influenced the findings such as: the use of culture which is probably less than 75% sensitive,(2,3); the exclusion of a fifth (8865) of eligible women in whom information on chlamydia tests and outcome events were availabl...

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  • Chlamydial serovars in MSM in the 1970s
    David Goldmeier

    Dear Editor,

    The article by Waalboer and colleagues (STI 2006;82:207-211) precipitated a déjà vu experience for me- albeit along with something new. They describe a bimodal presentation of chlamydial proctitis in MSM- some with more severe rectal symptoms caused by LGV serovars and the rest with much milder rectal disease caused by the D-K serovars.

    In 1975 as part of my MD thesis undertaken at The Londo...

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  • Trafficking would become another cause of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh
    Mohammad Khairul Alam Alam

    Dear Editor,

    HIV/AIDS is a viral Sexual Transmission Diseases (STDs) which threatens life expectancy and, with it, development, social cohesion, political stability and food security. It imposes a devastating economic burden on countries. Behaviours that bring the highest risk of infection in Bangladesh are unprotected sex between sex workers and their clients, needle sharing and unprotected sex between men....

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