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198 e-Letters

  • Awareness program Vs HPV Vaccination to prevent Cervical cancer
    kumar paudel

    I would like to welcome authors interest in analysing the data regarding knowledge of HPV among the male and females. HPV is commonly implicated virus in causing cervical cancer.Cervical cancer acompass top leading cause of cancer deaths in Nepal and other developing countries.Early age vaccination has shown positive results in preventing HPV trasmission.However in country like Nepal where there is no provison of HPV vacc...

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  • Utility of Chlamydia trachomatis genotyping in assessment of child sexual abuse
    Benu Dhawan

    The editorial by Giffard et al. rightly addresses the issue of the potential clinical and social response to the detection of C.trachomatis in urogenital (UGT) specimens from young children. [1] Clinical guidelines frequently state that detection of a sexually transmissible agent in a UGT specimen of a child is strongly indicative of sexual abuse (SA), and even in the absence of disclosure of SA, initiates an investigation...

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  • Re:Alternative forms of penile foreskin cutting and HIV infection in Papua New Guinea
    David J MacLaren

    We thank the author for her interest in our paper and are happy that she was able to exactly reproduce our findings.

    As explicitly stated - ours was an ecological study, and thus used aggregate data only. Here we comment on the author's additional statistical analysis and interpretations:

    First, the author of the reply apparently did not test "individual results" which we assume means the single, diff...

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  • Examining the authors' selected risk factors and the implications on a particular group of individuals
    Awahsaa N Akwo

    In the article, the authors' mention this study as being the first to be carried out on young sexually active women in post-secondary schools in the UK. They identified pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in 1.6% of the individuals recruited for this study which was low because many individuals were lost during follow-up. However, they mentioned in the conclusions that medical reports were obtained from clinics for those los...

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  • Response to "Comparison of age-specific patterns of sexual behaviour and anal HPV prevalence in homosexual men with patterns in women"
    Maria Gabriella Dona'

    Dear Editor, with great interest we read the article by Poynten and collaborators (1), who investigated the possible relation between recent sexual behaviour and age-specific prevalence of anal HPV infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) and cervical HPV infection in women. The authors used the sexual behavioural data of previously published surveys conducted on these populations. Their conclusions regarding the assoc...

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  • Alternative forms of penile foreskin cutting and HIV infection in Papua New Guinea
    Kathleen E Wirth

    I read with concern the manuscript by MacLaren DJ et al which states: "Alternative forms of penile foreskin cutting may be associated with reduced HIV infection risk in Papua New Guinea." Using data described in the manuscript, I was able to exactly replicate the authors' primary numerical finding. However, results of additional analyses not reported in the manuscript directly conflict with the key message regarding a po...

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  • Human Rights and HIV Interventions in Chinese Labor Camps
    Joseph Amon

    Yap and colleagues1 suggest that China's labor camps for drug users present an opportunity to implement universal 'test and treat' programs. They contend that such a step would be consistent with 'humanitarian' principles endorsed by The Global Fund and the World Bank.

    Their recommendation is surprising and troubling. The paper cited to support this position (which we co-authored) is not in fact a call to scale...

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  • Recreational Drugs used
    David M Stuart

    The use of recreational drugs used in sexual contexts by MSM (referred to in many developed countries as "ChemSex") is of increasing public health concern; it would be helpful if the abstract was ammended to include which recreational drugs were being used by the cohort in this study.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Why are anogenital warts diagnoses decreasing: Can we explain sex- and age-specific decreases?
    David Mesher

    The audit by Clarke et al of 106 patients provides a useful estimate of the percentage of anogenital warts among GUM clinic attenders that the patient had not noticed (in 2010), at 12.3%[1]. They suggest that failure to examine these patients may have accounted for a considerable proportion of the reduction in anogenital warts diagnoses in GUM seen in England between 2008 and 2012, of 8% among males and females of all age...

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  • STIs and HIV in South Africa
    Nigel J Garrett

    Dear Editor,

    In South Africa, a country that has battled with the HIV and TB co- epidemic for more than two decades, STI management has received little attention. We were delighted to read the article by Lurie et al, which highlights the high burden of STI syndromes in people living with HIV, in particular, in the period before ART initiation. While we concur with the authors' conclusions that systematic STI tes...

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