eLetters

62 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • Re: Are serological chlamydia specific markers useful to detect asymptomatic cases of LGV proctitis?
    Eric M. van der Snoek

    Dear Editor,

    Recently we concluded that an elevated IgA antibody response and the age of the infected individual (a total sum score of seven times IgA titre plus individual's age greater than or equal to 50.0) appeared to be of diagnostic value for (early) detection of LGV proctitis.1 Statistical analyses showed that the use of this total sum score had high diagnostic accuracy. As published previously, over 85% of th...

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  • The difference may be due to DHEA levels...
    James M. Howard

    Dear Editor,

    In 1985, I first suggested that vulnerability to AIDS and homosexuality may result from low DHEA. The first reports of low DHEA in AIDS appeared in 1989.

    On average, DHEA is lower in male homosexuals than heterosexual men. I suggest that the continual loss of DHEA of AIDS actually produces the symptoms of AIDS.

    Since there is overlap in DHEA levels, there should be some vulnerability...

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  • Screening for syphilis during pregnancy in Nigeria: a practice that must continue
    Abayomi A. Opaneye

    Dear Editor,

    Screening for syphilis during pregnancy in Nigeria: a practice that must continue We read with interest the report from Osogbo in Nigeria (1). In our opinion and experience, we agree that this practice should not only continue but be improved upon. In a similar study on pregnant women done in Lagos, Nigeria (2), the incidence of positive syphilis test was about 3%. Serology for other possible sexually trans...

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  • Are serological chlamydia specific markers useful to detect asymptomatic cases of LGV proctitis?
    Henry J de Vries

    Dear Editor,

    Recent reports on lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) proctitis in men who have sex with men (MSM) have highlighted that affordable diagnostics for both symptomatic as well as asymptomatic LGV infections are urgently needed. 1,2 LGV responds well to extensive antibiotic treatment but when untreated LGV can cause chronic or irreversible complications because of severe inflammation and invasive infection.3...

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  • The role of inequality and culture
    Rizaldy Pinzon

    Dear Editor,

    Violence against women is a global problem, and rates in Southeast Asia is high enough.Patriarchy culture take a part for this condition. The culture is also contribute to the situation. Gender inequality is especially visible in developing countries. Women and girls often have less information and access to services, especially in rural areas. Girls make their sexual debut early, either through early ma...

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  • Epididymitis is not a major outcome in ClaSS
    Pelham M Barton

    Dear Editor,

    While sharing Adams and colleagues’ concerns about the use of major outcomes averted, I should like to point out a factual error in their description[1] of the results from the ClaSS model[2]. The definition of major outcome used in that report, which appears in the text on page 107 and in the caption to Figure 18 on page 108 of the report[2] excludes epididymitis. The “seemingly perverse” result that sc...

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  • Reference Section Error
    Amanda R Feist

    Dear Editor

    I noticed an error in the editorial "Effective HIV prevention requires gender-transformative work with men" by Kristin L. Dunkle and Rachel Jewkes. The list should indicate that the first article referenced, "How men’s power over women fuels the HIV epidemic" by G.R. Gupta, is from the 324th, not the 321st, volume (issue 7331). At this time, your web site's Crossref link links to a review of a movie, 28...

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  • Impact on Gonorrhoea Case Reports of concomitant testing in a chlamydia screening population.
    Sara J Lavelle

    Dear Editor,

    Recent Commentary in the journal (1) encourages wider implementation of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) to detect gonorrhoea (GC). We have used GC NAATs (Gen-Probe APTIMA Combo2) since 2003, with high uptake, in a Liverpool chlamydia screening population and with referral of GC positives to our local Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic for management (2). We have now observed a doubling of femal...

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  • Gender Transformation and Population Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence and HIV
    Ashley M. Fox

    Dear Editor,

    In the June 2007 issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections, Dunkle and Jewkes make a much needed case for increased attention to the role of gender-based violence (GBV) in fueling the HIV pandemic. In their editorial, Dunkle and Jewkes assert that "social ideals of asculinity," including, inter alia, heterosexual success with women in the context of an entrenched gender hierarchy and the ability to contro...

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  • Motivational counselling- not condomophobia
    David Goldmeier

    Dear Editor,

    Steve Slack’s article on “condomophobia” (1) raises important issues about condom use and safer sex. However, it needs qualifying.

    A phobia is an irrational fear. Not using condoms because of a fear of them must be very rare- I have never seen a case in 36 years of clinical practice. More likely is fear of erectile failure while putting on a condom. I would suggest another common scenario for no...

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