South Africa: Pasha 11 - Sexually Transmitted Infections in South Africa
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has had to focus heavily on the fight against HIV and AIDS given the country's high infection rates. As a result, sexually transmitted infections have often been ignored. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Govt to Decriminalise HIV Transmission
[The Herald] Government is set to repeal a legal provision that criminalises transmission of HIV/AIDS to a partner in order to keep abreast with international standards, Parliament heard yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Govt to Decriminalise Wilful Transmission of HIV - Minister Ziyambi
[New Zimbabwe] Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has revealed plans by government to repeal clauses in the Sexual Offences Act which criminalise the deliberate transmitting of HIV by positive sexual partners. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sexual health: Quality standard [QS178]
This quality standard covers sexual health, focusing on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It was published in February 2019. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 246 Head Teachers Get Training On Moral, HIV/Aids Eradication in Katsina
[Vanguard] Katsina -No fewer than 246 head teachers, drawn from the various states in Nigeria, have been sensitized to have more knowledge on inculcating to students, morals, dangers, prevention and eradication of HIV/AIDs in the country as well as other associated cultural issues. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Well over half of people have never had an STI test
Quarter of UK adults would only get tested if they had symptoms, so at risk of damage from ‘invisible’ STIs Related items fromOnMedica Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Concerns over UK young adults ’ readiness for first sex Parents unsure of HPV vaccine for daughters JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Africa: Makhulu Media Shoots Pioneering VR Film to Get Health Clinic Workers and Young People Wanting an HIV Test to 'Step Into Each Other's Shoes'
[Balancing Act] London -Virtual Reality (VR) is still a bit of a technology in search of a role. But South Africa film production company Makhulu Media have used it to craft a very specific solution to a problem. Russell Southwood talks to Rowan Pybus, Makhulu Media about how it approached both filming and distribution. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Impounded Pills Are Antibiotics for HIV Patients
[Namibian] Health executive director Ben Nangombe last week said the drugs that were impounded by customs officials at the Walvis Bay port over the past seven months are antibiotics which are also used by HIV patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: TB Infections Hit 90,000 a Year, Overtake HIV Rates
[Monitor] Kampala -A new national survey shows that 89,000 Ugandans get infected with tuberculosis (TB) every year, surpassing the 50,000 who contract HIV annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a proposed information collection revising and extending the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) through 2021. NAMCS provides information on office visits to physicians, as well as non-physician clinicians in community health centers. Some items will be modified or deleted, including data items on HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention, alcohol and substance abuse screening, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates v...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 19, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Study suggests why some young adults may be more likely to engage in unsafe sex
(Taylor& Francis Group) Findings may contribute to improved education and preventive efforts to help control the spread of sexually transmitted infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: PEP - the HIV 'Prevention Drug' Many Don't Know About
[Premium Times] As the reporter walks towards the 'heart to heart' centre at Wuse District Hospital, she thinks: "if truly a drug to prevent one from getting infected with HIV exists, why then are about 1.9 million Nigerians living with HIV?" (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 18, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Macheso, Jah Prayzah Join Relief Efforts for Cyclone Idai
[The Herald] Following the disaster that struck some parts of the country due to the ravaging Cyclone Idai, musicians have joined the campaign to mobilise aid for victims. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 18, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: How South Africa Can Improve Community-Based HIV Services
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa introduced a community-based primary health care programme in 2012. The aim of the programme, which includes a large HIV component, is to improve access to health care. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is an orgasm headache?
Orgasm headaches are sudden, intense headaches that occur just before or during an orgasm. They are generally harmless and a person can often treat them at home. However, people who experience headaches during sex should see a doctor, as they can be a symptom of a serious condition. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Nigeria: End of HIV/Aids in Sight in Nigeria - Buhari
[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday unveiled the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) report, saying the end of the disease was in sight in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 2018 HIV/Aids Survey - We Cannot Celebrate Yet - Buhari
[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday unveiled the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) and noted with delight that less Nigerians were living with the HIV virus when compared to the 2014 survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.9 Million Nigerians Living With HIV - NACA Boss
[Premium Times] The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: State Improves On HIV Ranking, Now Fourth Worst Hit
[Premium Times] The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says Nigeria has moved to the fourth position among countries worst hit by the HIV epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Buhari Unveils Nigeria's Aids Indicator, Impact Survey Results
[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja formally unveiled the findings of the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: HIV/Aids Prevalence Drops in Nigeria
[Leadership] Nigeria has recorded a reduction in the number of persons affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Partners Support National HIV/Aids Programme in Nigeria
[This Day] The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has received donation of official vehicle and an upgraded office structure from the World Health Organisation, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Children's Fund and PEFPFAR in support of the fight against HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

BBC warns of unlicensed antibiotics for sexually transmitted infections sold online
An undercover BBC reporter has discovered an online trade of illegal, ineffective drugs for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The unlicensed antibiotics are being advertised on social media as treatment for STIs, and sold at the wrong dose. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about genital warts in women
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts, which can develop on the vulva, vagina, and cervix. Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of genital warts in women here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Problem drinking linked to HIV, other sexually transmitted infections in Ugandan youth, study finds
(Georgia State University) Youth living in the slums of Uganda who are infected with both HIV and sexually transmitted infections are more likely to engage in problem drinking, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Youth Uses Sport to Preach Voluntary Circumcision
[New Era] Rundu -A young man is combining his love for sport and activism to raise awareness on Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) in the Kavango East and West regions. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 11, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

€ 2.5 million for project tackling sexual health in the over-45s
(University of Chichester) A European project involving academics from the University of Chichester, has received € 2.5 million from the EU Interreg 2Seas program (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and part of a wider € 4.2 million partnership) to help tackle the rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the over-45s. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What does scabies on the penis look like?
Scabies is an infestation of the skin by tiny parasitic mites. On the penis, scabies can cause crusty, blister-like sores and intense itching that may get worse at night. Scabies mites spread through close, prolonged contact between people, such as during sex. Learn more about scabies on the penis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Cameroon: CIRCB - Women Called to Know Their Viral Status
[Cameroon Tribune] Health talks on knowledge and perspective to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis viral took place at the centre ahead of the commemoration of Women's Day tomorrow (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 8, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Short Regimen for Preventing TB Found Safe When Co-administered with New First-line HIV Drug
[Aurum Institute] Seattle -New study paves the way for scale-up of TB prevention among people living with HIV, who are dying from TB in large numbers (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the risks of anal sex?
Having anal sex can increase the risk of bacterial infection, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, and it can worsen hemorrhoids. Taking precautions can reduce many of these risks. Learn more about the risks of anal sex, and how to avoid them, here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Diana
My name is Diana Patricia Solís. I’m from a small town called Guacarí in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia. I have two sons. In 1995, I became a victim of sexual violence. I was attacked by a group of several FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) men who live in the valley. It is very difficult to talk about this because of how you feel after. You feel dirty. Rape makes you feel bad. It’s horrible. Your whole world crumbles. They kept me up in in the mountains for two days and did all sorts to me. I couldn’t defend myself. As a result of the attack, I also contracted a sexua...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Africa: Second Patient 'In Remission' from HIV After Stem-Cell Therapy
[This is Africa] A second patient has reportedly been cured of HIV, after stem-cell therapy, which could be a major milestone in the global fight against the AIDS epidemic. The report was released in the scientific journal Nature, and offers hope that a cure for HIV could be possible in the future, and not just a pipe dream. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Now HIV Testing Model
[Daily News] THE child-centered family care clinic at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) has become a model in improving HIV testing, care and treatment services in Northern Tanzania and beyond. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: Stakeholders Must Unite, Double Aids Fight Efforts
[Botswana Daily News] Moshupa -Acting minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Mr Dikgang Makgalemele has called on stakeholders to augment government efforts to reduce HIV prevalence. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Southern Africa: Major New Study Points Way to Cut HIV Infections
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Visiting people in their homes to offer them HIV tests, and referring those who test positive to local clinics, can significantly reduce new infections in a community, according to the world's biggest study on how to cut HIV infection rates. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: HPTN 071 Demonstrates Community-Wide HIV Prevention Strategy Can Reduce New Infections
[HPTN] Durham, NC -Researchers today presented results from the HPTN 071 (PopART) study at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. The study examined the impact of a package of HIV prevention interventions on community-level HIV incidence in urban and peri-urban communities in Zambia and South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes pain in the penis?
Many situations and conditions can cause penis pain, including Peyronie ’s disease, balanitis, and sexually transmitted infections. Learn about these and more causes of penis pain here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Men's Health Source Type: news

Launch of Cochrane Colombia to support the use of high quality, trusted health information
Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, is proud to announce its newest Centre, ‘Cochrane Colombia’.Cochrane Colombia will promote evidence-based decision making in healthcare in Colombia by supporting and training authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy-makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.Cochrane works with collaborators from more than 130 countries to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Magdalena
My name is Magdalena Simeonova. I am 28 years old and I have two children who are 9 and 5. I was born and raised in the Nadezhda neighborhood in the Bulgarian town of Sliven. We only moved out of the ghetto a year ago to settle in Sini Kamani. I got married when I was 14. Today, I am strongly opposed to people getting married so young, but the environment in the Nadezhda neighborhood influences your decisions. I had lovely parents who wanted me to continue with my education and I had good grades at school, but I was influenced by my environment. I met my husband and wanted to get married, but my parents were firmly against...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Namibia: USAID Provides N$240 Million for HIV Prevention
[Namibian] THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given N$240 million towards a programme that seeks to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in Namibia. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study aims to reduce sexually transmitted infections in men
(University of Southampton) Researchers at the University of Southampton are set to launch a new study to help improve condom use and tackle sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young men (16-25 years). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Public health 'improving under councils despite cuts'
Teenage pregnancies, smoking rates, and sexually transmitted infection have all decreased, councils say (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malawi: Teachers Express Concern Over Exams Body's Proposed Medical Test Policy
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Teachers Living Positive (T'LIPO) has expressed concern over Malawi Examinations Board's (MANEB) decision to introduce a policy on fitness of markers saying it will have a negative impact on people that are HIV positive. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 1, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Misconceptions of Contraception
Condom use is low among youth aged 15-19. Credit: M.Sayagues/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Mar 1 2019 (IPS)In light of rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, governments are exploring ways to tackle taboos around condoms.In a new study, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reviews the availability and accessibility of condoms, hoping to dismantle potentially harmful misconceptions. “Many countries want to implement [CAP], but they are very anxious because they will be asked where the evidence is,” UNFPA’s senior HIV prevention advisor Bidia Deperthes told IPS.&l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Dealing With Social Ostracism and Discrimination
[Malawi News Agency] Rumphi -pic by Taonga Nyirenda (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gonorrhoea: Drug resistance compromises recommended treatment in Europe
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) Gonorrhoea is the second most commonly notified sexually transmitted infection across the EU/EEA countries with almost 500 000 reported cases between 2007 and 2016. The infection is treatable but Neisseria gonorrhoeae keep showing high levels of azithromycin resistance according to latest results of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme. This antibiotic agent is part of the currently recommended therapy regimen for gonorrhoea and observed resistance patterns threaten its effectiveness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: The Burden of HIV On Health Budget
[New Era] Windhoek -Infectious and parasitic diseases including HIV/AIDS received the highest allocation of funds taking up 23 percent of the total health expenditure in the 2015/2016 financial year. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 27, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: National ID Records to Be Linked to HIV Management System
[Observer] Medics have identified the absence of a proper tracking mechanism for people who have tested positive to HIV/Aids and those on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) as major bottlenecks in the effective management of HIV in Uganda. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Two STIs Confer Similar Risks for Reproductive Problems
(MedPage Today) -- Research on gonorrhea finds similar risks for ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility as chlamydia (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news