eLetters

73 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Epididymitis is not a major outcome in ClaSS
    Pelham M Barton

    Dear Editor,

    While sharing Adams and colleagues’ concerns about the use of major outcomes averted, I should like to point out a factual error in their description[1] of the results from the ClaSS model[2]. The definition of major outcome used in that report, which appears in the text on page 107 and in the caption to Figure 18 on page 108 of the report[2] excludes epididymitis. The “seemingly perverse” result that sc...

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  • Reference Section Error
    Amanda R Feist

    Dear Editor

    I noticed an error in the editorial "Effective HIV prevention requires gender-transformative work with men" by Kristin L. Dunkle and Rachel Jewkes. The list should indicate that the first article referenced, "How men’s power over women fuels the HIV epidemic" by G.R. Gupta, is from the 324th, not the 321st, volume (issue 7331). At this time, your web site's Crossref link links to a review of a movie, 28...

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  • Impact on Gonorrhoea Case Reports of concomitant testing in a chlamydia screening population.
    Sara J Lavelle

    Dear Editor,

    Recent Commentary in the journal (1) encourages wider implementation of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) to detect gonorrhoea (GC). We have used GC NAATs (Gen-Probe APTIMA Combo2) since 2003, with high uptake, in a Liverpool chlamydia screening population and with referral of GC positives to our local Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic for management (2). We have now observed a doubling of femal...

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  • Gender Transformation and Population Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence and HIV
    Ashley M. Fox

    Dear Editor,

    In the June 2007 issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections, Dunkle and Jewkes make a much needed case for increased attention to the role of gender-based violence (GBV) in fueling the HIV pandemic. In their editorial, Dunkle and Jewkes assert that "social ideals of asculinity," including, inter alia, heterosexual success with women in the context of an entrenched gender hierarchy and the ability to contro...

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  • Motivational counselling- not condomophobia
    David Goldmeier

    Dear Editor,

    Steve Slack’s article on “condomophobia” (1) raises important issues about condom use and safer sex. However, it needs qualifying.

    A phobia is an irrational fear. Not using condoms because of a fear of them must be very rare- I have never seen a case in 36 years of clinical practice. More likely is fear of erectile failure while putting on a condom. I would suggest another common scenario for no...

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  • Men as Partners Programs
    Lindiwe Farlane

    Dear Editor,

    Recently the world has seen a growing number of "transformative programs" engaging men in eradicating gender-based violence and reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. The global Men as Partners Program (MAP) implemented by EngenderHealth in 20 countries since 1998, primariliy, targets various groups of men through ecological model to transform male gender norms. The purpose of MAP is twofold: 1) to challenge t...

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  • Trends in reported age at first sex in Uganda: Response to M. Gersovitz.
    E Slaymaker

    Dear Editor,

    In his first paragraph Gersovitz mis-represents the aim of our paper¹ by suggesting that we set out to “..investigate adoption of the ABC approach..”. In fact, the focus of that paper is on how one should best measure and summarise age at first sex, in the context of the intense interest that HIV prevention efforts have generated. We discussed the relative merits of the different measures and concluded th...

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  • Perhaps all sexually active MSM should be offered screening for anal STIs
    David J Templeton

    Dear Editor,

    In their recent review of gonorrhoea testing published in STI, Bignell et al state that whether or not to perform anal screening for gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men (MSM) should be guided by a sexual history [1]. Both UK [2] and US [3,4] guidelines recommend screening for anal gonorrhoea and chlamydia among men who have sex with men (MSM). US guidelines recommend anal screening only for MSM who re...

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  • NICE Guidance: One to one sexual health interventions
    Mike Kelly

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to correct the inaccurate comments made in the commentary paper “The National Chlamydia Screening Programme and the NICE guidance on one-to-one interventions: remember the under 25s” from Simms et al, in relation to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance ‘Prevention of sexually transmitted infections and under 18 conceptions’ (Sexually Transmitted Infect...

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  • Why we should not abandon examining asymptomatic men and testing them for urethritis
    Pat E Munday

    Dear Editor,

    Drs Shamanesh and Radcliffe on the one hand and Dr Horner on the other provide finely balanced arguments for and against screening of asymptomatic men for non-specific urethritis (NSU). Drs Shamanesh and Radcliffe, in addition, slip in their recommendation to abandon examining asymptomatic men and this needs to be challenged. Dr Ross suggests that individual departments may chose whether to continue with...

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