28 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • 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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  • Missing the path: time to reconceptualise STD prevention
    Concepcion Tomas

    The highlights of a strategy endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) screening, testing and early initiating into treatment (TnT) to Men that have Sex with Men (MSM) and transgender people are discussed by Cohen et al. in their editorial letter entitled "WHO guidelines for HIV/STI prevention and care among MSM and transgender people: implications for policy and p...

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  • Response to 'Relative or Absolute? - Miller'
    Cliodna A. McNulty 1

    Dear editor,

    Responding to the editorial by Miller et al regarding the methodology of our study , we would challenge the assessment of the Zelen design as representing a form of 'deception'. Zelen design is employed to generate real life responses to help understand the translation challenges of introducing any similar or modified intervention across a whole area.

    When general practices involved in...

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