• World Aids Day 2019: What is the HIV medicine PrEP and is it available in the UK?
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    The Independent

    World Aids Day 2019: What is the HIV medicine PrEP and is it available in the UK?

    As World Aids Day 2019 takes place, NHS England is facing pressure to begin offering the groundbreaking HIV medicine Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).Administered as a pill under the brand name Truvada, patients in England can currently only receive PrEP without charge as part of the Impact Trial, which began in September 2017 and aims to test its effectiveness on 13,000 people.

  • Your contraception options: What does the future of birth control look like?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Your contraception options: What does the future of birth control look like?

    The pill remains the most popular contraception choice, but there are other options.

  • Two thirds of British people never been tested for an STI
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    Caroline Allen

    Two thirds of British people never been tested for an STI

    Research also found that a quarter of people never use a condom when sleeping with somebody for the first time.

  • 7 sex hygiene habits you really shouldn't skip
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    7 sex hygiene habits you really shouldn't skip

    Developing healthy hygiene habits before, during and after sex is important for keeping germs and infections at bay.

  • There's a national shortage of some contraceptive pills
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    Caroline Allen

    There's a national shortage of some contraceptive pills

    GPs are being left with no choice but to prescribe women with alternatives.

  • Teenager claims she almost died after contraceptive pill caused blood clot in her brain
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    Danielle Fowler

    Teenager claims she almost died after contraceptive pill caused blood clot in her brain

    Lexie Nash wants her experience to be a warning to others.

  • Scientists make 'important first step' in vaccination against chlamydia
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    Evening Standard

    Scientists make 'important first step' in vaccination against chlamydia

    A vaccination against chlamydia is safe and has shown signs that it can work, a clinical trial has found.Researchers found the vaccine provoked an immune response during preliminary tests on 35 healthy women.Further trials will now be carried out to determine whether it can fully protect against the sexually transmitted infection (STI).But experts say the latest findings are an "important first step" in tackling the STI."The findings are encouraging as they show the vaccine is safe and produces the type of immune response that could potentially protect against chlamydia," said Professor Robin Shattock, from Imperial College London."The next step is to take the vaccine forward to further trials, but until that's done, we won't know whether it is truly protective or not."Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the world and accounts for almost half of all STIs diagnosed in England.It can lead to infertility, as well as complications such as ectopic pregnancy, arthritis and increased susceptibility to other STIs such as HIV.The infection is currently treated with antibiotics, but people can still catch it again.As many as three out of four cases show no symptoms."The major issue with chlamydia is the long-term consequences," said Professor Shattock."It is very treatable if identified, but as many people don't have symptoms it can be missed, and the biggest problem is that it can go on to cause infertility in women."One of the problems we see with current efforts to treat chlamydia is that despite a very big screening, test and treat programme, people get repeatedly re-infected. If you could introduce a protective vaccine, you could break that cycle."The study, led by Imperial College London and the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, tested two different formulations of the vaccine to examine which would perform better.Both formulations provoked an immune response in 100 per cent of participants - compared to no immune response in those given a placebo - but one was found to perform better and produce more antibodies.The experts hope this formulation will undergo further clinical development.The research, published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found the vaccines produced no serious adverse reactions.

  • Brit hospitalised with two-week erection that won't go away
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    Caroline Allen

    Brit hospitalised with two-week erection that won't go away

    It's the result of an unprescribed erection enhancing drug that he injected into his penis before having sex.