eLetters

52 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Lymphogranuloma venereum among men having sex with men; what have we learned so far?
    Henry J de Vries

    Dear Editor,

    Recently, French et al reported the first cases of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) in the United Kingdom.1 One year further, the LGV outbreak first noticed in 2003 among MSM has spread beyond the first countries affected (the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, the UK, Sweden and the United states) to other European countries like Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and outside the continent to A...

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  • Re: Supply and demand
    Sumit Bhaduri

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article by Clarke et al1 regarding assessing demand for access to sexual health services in a community where a closed appointment system operates1. The genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic in North Worcestershire has been operating this closed system for at least 3 years whereby, patients are offered an appointment either on the day or the day after and asked to phone back...

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  • Herpes = condoms for life?
    Dason E Evans

    Dear Editor,

    We read Rana et al’s (1) paper entitled “Sexual behaviour and condom use among individuals with a history of symptomatic genital herpes” with interest, and find any paper which helps to describe patient’s behaviours and beliefs useful.

    There appears to be one particular flaw in this paper, and that is the authors’ assumption that people with a history of herpes should use condoms at all...

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  • Non-attenders lead to restrictive booking
    Janet Mantell

    Dear Editor,

    Ward and Robinson in their editorial state that the introduction of restrictive booking systems in which patients can only book appointments up to 2 days in advance is a response by some clinics to the 48 hour access target.[1] They quote the Panorama figures that almost one in five clinics have introduced restrictive booking.

    Three day restrictive booking for appointments was introduced...

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  • Hepatitis B vaccination for male sex workers: how complete is complete?
    Kristien Wouters

    Dear Editor,

    We were highly interested by the results obtained by Sethi et al. on hepatitis B vaccination for male sex workers.[1] As the authors report, the national strategy for Sexual Health and HIV in England set the target uptake of the third dose of hepatitis B vaccine in susceptible heterosexual and bisexual men attending genitourinary medicine clinics at 50% by the end of 2004 a...

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  • Migrant HIV risk in China
    Joseph D Tucker

    Dear Editor,

    The article on HIV and syphilis among migrants in eastern China (1) sheds light on a very important topic of great public health import – to what extent will the enormous rural to urban migration happening across China affect sexual behaviors, STI risk, and HIV transmission. However, there are several important caveats that were not discussed in this paper that should be considered.

    First...

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  • Make no mistake - China's AIDS epidemic is growing
    Muslema K Bulon

    Dear Editor,

    AIDS cases were first identified in 1981,in the United States. Researchers have traced cases back to 1959. There are millions of diagnosed cases worldwide, but there is no cure. There are about thirty million people in the world who are currently infected with HIV. China is the world largest population country in the world. Potentiality, manpower & security were able to attract world famous in...

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  • Testing for Neisseria gonorrhoeae in urine samples by nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)
    Colm O'Mahony

    Dear Editor,

    Nucleic acid amplification tests for gonorrhoea are currently being extensively evaluated on first catch urine samples in men and women, self taken vaginal swabs and endocervical swabs. There is little doubt that in the near future we will have a simple urine screening test that will test for chlamydia and gonorrhoeae and possibly even mycoplasma genitalium. However, the results published by Stanley...

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  • Contact tracing is problematic in light of some existing cultural sexual practices
    N Malangu*

    Dear Editor

    Mullick, Watson-Jones, Beksinska and Mabey1 have done a great job in summarising the approaches for treatment and control as well as the prevalence and impact of STIs in pregnancy in developing countries. Among the approaches cited is the contact tracing or partner notification as an integral part of STIs control.

    Coincidentally we read this article after we discussed cultural sexual prac...

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  • Higher-than-85% condom use rate in persons with multiple sexual partners is required to control HIV
    Chi-Tai Fang

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the paper by Brown and Peerapatanapokin regarding estimated condom use rate required to control the HIV epidemic in Thailand.[1] Their Asian Epidemic Model predicts that a sustained high condom use rate (85% or more) among sexual workers is required to control the HIV epidemic. If the condom use rate drops to 60%, their model predicts a resurgence of the HIV epidemic.[1] We reac...

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