51 e-Letters

published between 2008 and 2011

  • Sex and Relationship Education - Did you get it?
    Aneeta Kaneshanathan

    Gaydos1 highlights the barriers to discussing sexual health issues openly and teenagers' lack of awareness of the high prevalence of STIs and potential adverse reproductive sequelae. Addressing these barriers is one solution to the 'Hidden Epidemic' of STIs. In the UK as in the USA, STI rates remain highest among sexually active teenagers, particularly those from deprived inner city areas and black ethnic minority groups....

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  • Sexual Transmited Diseases
    Ihosvany Castellanos Santos

    STDs were commonly known as venereal diseases : Veneris is the Latin genitive form of the name Venus , the Roman goddess of love. Social disease was another euphemism. Public health officials originally introduced the term sexually transmitted infection , which clinicians are increasingly using alongside the term sexually transmitted disease in order to distinguish it from the former. According to Ethiopian AIDS Resourc...

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  • Response to Comparative performance of culture using swabs transported in Amies medium and the Aptima Combo2 nucleic acid amplification test in detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from genital and extra-genital sites: a retrospective study
    Mrinalini Mahto

    Your recent major article by Harryman et al 1 assessed the performance of Aptima Combo 2 (AC2) confirmed by Aptima GC (AGC) versus culture and concluded that AC2 with AGC confirmation performed well at genital and extra-genital sites for detection of GC. Culture with transport swabs was found to perform poorly for asymptomatic men, symptomatic and asymptomatic women and at extra-genital sites. The authors conclude that c...

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  • High rates of syphilis among antenatal clients observed in Rarieda District, western Kenya
    Stephanie Dellicour

    Stephanie Dellicour 1,2,3 , Florence Diemo4, Kayla Laserson2,3, Feiko ter Kuile1, Meghna Desai2,3 1. Child and Reproductive Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK 2. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Center for Global Health Research (CGHR), Kisumu, Kenya 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA 4. Rarieda District Medical Officer for Health (DMOH), Nyanza Province, Kenya

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  • In a recent letter Oakeshott 1 cited the lack of data on the prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) in young women in the UK...
    Mrinalini Mahto

    In a recent letter Oakeshott 1 cited the lack of data on the prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) in young women in the UK. In their own pilot study of 183 stored self -taken vaginal samples from multi-ethnic London female students in age group of 16-27, 2 (1.1%, 95% CI 0.1%-3.9%) were positive by an in house multiplex real-time PCR test. We in Macclesfield, UK, recently conducted a prospective pilot study to ga...

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  • Why underestimate the cost of genital warts?
    Colm P O'Mahony
    In the paper from the HPA on cost of treatment of genital warts Woodhall et al come to the extraordinary conclusion that in the UK genital warts only costs £94 per case.1 Why they strip out all the 'on costs' of an NHS visit is hard to understand. All the other studies referred to, are seen as so methodologically flawed that comparison is impossible. One particular study, not referred to, deserves particular mention.2 In this s...
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  • Some errors in data extraction
    Hsin-Chun Lee
    Dear Editor: I would like to spot two obvious errors at the data extraction in the article by Kalichman et al on the systematic review of the prevalence of sexually transmitted coinfections in people living with HIV/AIDS. First, in Table 1 the study site of the Reference 31 by our study group, was located in Taiwan, instead of China. Second, it is clearly listed in the text of the Reference 31 that 79.7% of the participants had r...
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  • Sexual health in general practice: missing those at highest risk?
    Craig Tipple

    Madam, We read with interest a recent article comparing the expectations and experiences of STI care in general practice(1). The need for appropriate sexual health services in primary care is clear especially when recent data show the prevalence of HIV-1 to have reached 2 per 1000 in 37 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England(2). Patients interviewed in the study by Sutcliffe et al had initially presented to general pract...

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  • Moving forward with technology
    Dornubari Blythin

    E-learning is the modern way of delivering the information required for the induction programme at many NHS hospitals.

    As a junior doctor who has undergone multiple inductions at different hospital sites and into different specialties, I have found that the training tracker was always a much better method of delivering induction material. Having experienced lecture based inductions, which usually end up with a l...

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  • Determine HIV-1/2 /Ab/Ag Combo lacks sensitivity in detecting early HIV infections
    Erasmus Smit

    Dear Editor

    Fox, Dunn and O'Shea stressed the importance of diagnosing primary HIV infecting (PHI) to prevent onward transmission and help control the HIV epidemic1. They evaluated the 4th generation HIV-1/2 Ag/Ag Determine Combo assay (Alere) for its ability to detect p24 antigen as a marker of PHI and have shown its poor sensitivity in detecting PHI and recommended further evaluations of the assay. Many pati...

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