Coronavirus, STI & Home Testing News
Syphilis eludes immune attack by altering a single gene
24 Apr 2020
Shuffling of DNA in a single gene might be why the syphilis bacteria can evade the immune system. The change alters a protein on its cell surface to create a distraction. People can become re-infected several times with syphilis because they can't develop immunity, Untreated syphilis can hide in the body for decades. Genomic findings on these evasive strategies may point to designs for vaccines to outwit syphilis' defenses.
Breakthrough discovery in HIV research opens path to new, better therapies
23 Apr 2020
Cells infected with HIV make two forms of the virus's RNA. A new article finds a single nucleotide controls which version of viral RNA an infected cell makes; both forms are necessary for HIV to replicate. The critical nucleotide happens to be in a region of the HIV genome with low mutation rates. That placement makes it a promising target for new therapies, because the virus is less likely to develop resistance.
FSRH, BASHH and BHIVA release joint contingency plan to protect essential sexual health, reproductive health and HIV care during COVID-19 outbreak
26 Mar 2020
Along with the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA), we have released a joint contingency plan which sets out sector priorities in sexual health (SH), reproductive health (RH) and HIV services during the COVID-19 outbreak.
19 Feb 2020
Cunnilingus – oral sex on female genitals – is a common practice.
Over 80% of adults report having done it at least once. But is it safe? Or are there risks from sexually transmitted infections? We look into the risks and what you can do to protect yourself and your partner.
January 2020 issue of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Policy
23 Jan 2020
The first 2020 issue is out during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, covering Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust #SmearForSmear campaign, with a focus on tackling the myths around HPV as the NHS Cancer Screening Programme in England moves towards HPV primary screening. This edition also brings the latest data from Public Health England (PHE) confirming that high HPV vaccination coverage is helping to drive down cancer-causing HPV infections in young sexually-active women. In this month’s eFeature, Lucy Emmerson, Director of the Sex Education Forum, presents findings from a recent survey of young people which shows that less than half rated their relationships and sex education (RSE) as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
FSRH statement: new study shows women disproportionately experience poor sexual and reproductive health
10 Jan 2020
Almost half of British women experience poor sexual and reproductive health, a much higher number than men, with many also experiencing a larger range of issues. This is one of the findings from a major new study published on BMC Public Health using interview data from more than 7,000 women and 5,000 men from Britain’s third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal).
29 Mar 2019