29 e-Letters

published between 2015 and 2018

  • Retesting Chlamydia trachomatis in a GUM clinic in London, UK
    Nadia Ahmed

    We read with interest the recent report by Kampman et al, 2016 [1] on the effect of text reminders on patients attending for repeat chlamydia tests and chlamydia diagnosis.

    In our service, the St. Ann's Sexual Health Centre, a GUM clinic in London, UK, our routine practice was to verbally advise patients treated for chlamydia to re-attend 6-8 weeks after treatment for re-testing. Sexual health appointments are...

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  • 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