Monkeypox is transmitted mainly through direct contact with skin lesions, but the current outbreak is following patterns similar to STIs.
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Monkeypox is not considered an STI but is spreading among sexual partners. Adding sexual health strategies to the public health response is helpful, but there is a danger of stigmatizing MPXV.
Does a painting from 1400 depict one of Jesus’ torturers as suffering from ‘saddle nose,’ a common effect of syphilis?
Detail of an Austrian painting c. 1400 of the Passion of Christ, The Cleveland Museum of Art
The idea that Europeans brought new diseases to the Americas and returned home with others has been widely accepted. But evidence is mounting that for syphilis this scenario is wrong.
Saskatoon is seen across the South Saskatoon River.
Saskatchewan leads the country in preventable, opportunistic illnesses enabled by poverty. With recent changes to income support programs and increased housing instability, things are getting worse.
Wybalenna, Flinders Island: the Aboriginal settlement 1847.
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Smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, syphilis … a new book describes how recurring epidemics nearly wiped out Australia’s First Peoples.
Proportionally, twice as many white people in eligible categories have received a dose of a COVID vaccine than people from BAME groups.
Reluctance to take the vaccine may not be as unique to Black and Asian communities as it seems
Technology is raising a new wave of privacy concerns around contact tracing.
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Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it’s faltering again.
Dance of Death, Michael Wolgemut (1493).
It is generally assumed that this disease-control technique goes back to the 1840s, but it’s actually much older.
Industrial vaccine production has enabled mass vaccination campaigns that have reduced infectious diseases.
Recent discoveries on the effects of live attenuated vaccines challenge the current vaccine paradigm and question vaccination policies.
STIs are a serious health threat.
STI prevention was largely driven by HIV prevention. With changes in HIV prevention initiatives that don’t really take into account other STIs, there’s need to refocus STI prevention.
Syphilis can cause vision loss, and it’s on the rise.
As ophthalmologists, we’ve noticed an uptick in cases of vision problems caused by syphilis. Practising safe sex is important for our eye health too.
Men who practice chemsex are far more likely to not use a condom.
Modern factors are seeing a revival of the STI that was once consigned to history.
Rates of gonorrhoea are increasing in the Australian community.
Gonorrhoea has seen a sharp increase in diagnosis rates, of up to 94% in some groups.
In most Australian states, if you have certain STIs, you have a legal responsibility to notify your potential sexual partners.
NSW has changed its laws imposing criminal penalties on someone with an STI who doesn’t take “reasonable precautions” to not infect their sexual partner.
Rates of sexually transmissible infections among the Indigenous population are still much higher than the non-Indigenous population.
The annual surveillance report of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses in Australia has found notifications of sexually transmissible infections are on the rise in Australia.
Don’t give it to grandad.
Most people are aware of the benefits of breastmilk, but few are aware of the risks.
The biggest growth in sexually transmitted infections is for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
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The latest instalment of Australia’s annual report card on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections has been released this morning. Here’s what experts make of the results.
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care.
The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
The World Health Organisation has declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.
There are many lessons Southern Africa can learn from Cuba, which became the first country in the world to eradicate mother to child transmissions of HIV and syphilis.
So what have we got?
Davepape/Painting by John Vanderlyn
In 1495 a horrific new disease appeared in Europe. Acquired by sexual contact and initially spread through Europe by mercenary soldiers from the army of King Charles VIII of France returning from a successful…
Condom use appears to be declining across the Australian population.
A fall in condom use across the population is driving strong growth in sexually-transmitted infections, according to one of the authors of an annual surveillance report released today. Syphilis diagnoses…