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Sexually transmitted diseases

Section edited by Stefan Baral & Joseph Tucker

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of of the prevention, diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. HIV and HIV-associated infections are considered in a separate section.

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  1. HIV disproportionately affects African-Caribbean women in Canada but the frequency and distribution of sexually transmitted infections in this community have not been previously studied.

    Authors: Robert S Remis, Juan Liu, Mona Loutfy, Wangari Tharao, Anuradha Rebbapragada, Stephen J Perusini, Lisungu Chieza, Megan Saunders, LoriAnn Green-Walker and Rupert Kaul

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:550

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  2. The incidence of cervical cancer in Paraguay is among the highest in the world, with the human papillomavirus (HPV) being a necessary factor for cervical cancer. Knowledge about HPV infection among indigenous ...

    Authors: Laura Mendoza, Pamela Mongelos, Malvina Paez, Amalia Castro, Isabel Rodriguez-Riveros, Graciela Gimenez, Patricia Araujo, Gloria Echagüe, Valentina Diaz, Florentina Laspina, Wilberto Castro, Rosa Jimenez, Ramón Marecos, Santiago Ever, Gerardo Deluca and María Alejandra Picconi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:531

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  3. External quality assurance (EQA) programmes, which are routinely used in laboratories, have not been widely implemented for point-of- care tests (POCTs). A study was performed in ten health centres in Tanzania...

    Authors: Pieter W Smit, David Mabey, Thomas van der Vlis, Hans Korporaal, Julius Mngara, John Changalucha, Jim Todd and Rosanna W Peeling

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:530

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  4. In developed countries, the incidence of cervical cancer has remained stable in HIV+ women but the prevalence and multiplicity of high-risk HPV (hrHPV) infection, a necessary cause of cervical cancer, appears ...

    Authors: Sally N Akarolo-Anthony, Maryam Al-Mujtaba, Ayotunde O Famooto, Eileen O Dareng, Olayinka B Olaniyan, Richard Offiong, Cosette M Wheeler and Clement A Adebamowo

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:521

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  5. Estimation of pre-immunisation prevalence of HPV and distribution of HPV types is fundamental to understanding the subsequent impact of HPV vaccination. We describe the type specific prevalence of HPV in femal...

    Authors: Kimberley Kavanagh, Katy Sinka, Kate Cuschieri, John Love, Alison Potts, Kevin GJ Pollock, Heather Cubie, Martin Donaghy and Chris Robertson

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:519

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  6. Cervical cancer is caused by high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV). DNA testing of such high-risk types of HPV could improve cervical screening.The aim of the study was to compare the sensitivities and...

    Authors: Philippe Halfon, Maria Teresa Sandri, Audrey Raimondo, Sophie Ravet, Hacène Khiri, Mario Sideri, Guillaume Penaranda, Claire Camus and Maria Luisa Mateos Lindemann

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:499

    Content type: Research article

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  7. High prevalence rates of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) have been reported in Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas of Australia for well over two decades, and repeat positivit...

    Authors: Rebecca J Guy, Lisa Natoli, James Ward, Louise Causer, Belinda Hengel, David Whiley, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Basil Donovan, Christopher K Fairley, Steven B Badman, Annie Tangey, Handan Wand, Mark Shephard, David G Regan, David Wilson, David Anderson…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:485

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition, although its aetiology remains unexplained. The aim of this study was to analyse the composition of vaginal microbiota in women from Greenland to provide a quant...

    Authors: Raluca Datcu, Dionne Gesink, Gert Mulvad, Ruth Montgomery-Andersen, Elisabeth Rink, Anders Koch, Peter Ahrens and Jørgen Skov Jensen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:480

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In Italy the prevalence of genital warts in women (15–64 years) is approximately 0.6% with an incidence of 0.4% per year. Treatments for GW are usually long, with moderate success and high costs. The aim of th...

    Authors: Maria Michela Gianino, Sergio Delmonte, Emanuela Lovato, Morena Martinese, Sabrina Rondoletti, Maria Grazia Bernengo and Carla Maria Zotti

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:470

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  10. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually-transmitted pathogens. A number of studies in the literature have estimated the burden of HPV-related diseases by collecting data at primary care l...

    Authors: Vincenzo Baldo, Silvia Cocchio, Alessandra Buja, Tatjana Baldovin, Patrizia Furlan, Chiara Bertoncello and Mario Saia

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:462

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  11. Genital mycoplasmas are opportunistic bacteria that are associated with undesirable gynaecologic and reproductive events. Mycoplasmas are fastidious bacteria with increasing resistance to routine antimicrobial...

    Authors: Mathys J Redelinghuys, Marthie M Ehlers, Andries W Dreyer, Hennie A Lombaard and Marleen M Kock

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:453

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  12. Syphilis is an important sexually transmitted infection (STI) with serious public health consequences. Among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Lima, the prevalence and incidence are extraordinarily high. Curr...

    Authors: Robert G Deiss, Segundo R Leon, Kelika A Konda, Brandon Brown, Eddy R Segura, Jerome T Galea, Carlos F Caceres and Jeffrey D Klausner

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:426

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Despite two decades of interventions, rates of sexually transmissible infections (STI) in remote Australian Aboriginal communities remain unacceptably high. Routine notifications data from 2011 indicate rates ...

    Authors: James Ward, Skye McGregor, Rebecca J Guy, Alice R Rumbold, Linda Garton, Bronwyn J Silver, Debbie Taylor-Thomson, Belinda Hengel, Janet Knox, Amalie Dyda, Matthew G Law, Handan Wand, Basil Donovan, Christopher K Fairley, Steven Skov, Donna Ah Chee…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:425

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  14. The occurrence of antibiotic resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates is a serious public health problem in different corners of the globe. The objective of this study was to analyze the antimicrobial susceptibil...

    Authors: Martha Tibebu, Ambachew Shibabaw, Girmay Medhin and Afework Kassu

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:415

    Content type: Research article

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  15. There are no accurate data regarding the real prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Spain. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of C. trachomatis infections and the risk factors for acquiring them a...

    Authors: Carlos Fernández-Benítez, Patricia Mejuto-López, Luis Otero-Guerra, Mario Juan Margolles-Martins, Pilar Suárez-Leiva and Fernando Vazquez

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:388

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  16. Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the developed world and diagnosis rates have increased dramatically over the last decade. Repeat infections of chl...

    Authors: Jane S Hocking, Lenka A Vodstrcil, Wilhelmina M Huston, Peter Timms, Marcus Y Chen, Karen Worthington, Ruthy McIver and Sepehr N Tabrizi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:379

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. High-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) play a crucial role in the etiology of cervical cancer and the most prevalent genotype is HPV16. HPV 1...

    Authors: Zineb Qmichou, Meriem Khyatti, Mohamed Berraho, My Mustapha Ennaji, Laila Benbacer, Chakib Nejjari, Noureddine Benjaafar, Abdellatif Benider, Mohammed Attaleb and Mohammed El Mzibri

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:378

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  18. Mucosal human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a necessary cause of cervical cancer. Vaccine and non-vaccine genotype prevalences may change after vaccine introduction. Therefore, it appears essential to rank...

    Authors: Erik Bernard, Margarita Pons-Salort, Michel Favre, Isabelle Heard, Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau, Didier Guillemot and Anne CM Thiébaut

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:373

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  19. High school based chlamydia screening has been shown to increase uptake and detect hidden infections among sexually active adolescents. Our study aimed to: i) examine the proportions of 15–20 year-olds tested ...

    Authors: Kirsten Gravningen, Gunnar Skov Simonsen, Anne-Sofie Furberg and Tom Wilsgaard

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:361

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  20. Syphilis has been referred to as “the great imitator” due to its ability to imitate other diseases. Untreated syphilis becomes a systemic infection that can involve almost every organ systems. Treponema pallidum ...

    Authors: Thilde Fabricius, Charlotte Winther, Caroline Ewertsen, Michael Kemp and Susanne Dam Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:347

    Content type: Case report

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  21. High risk human papillomaviruses (HR-HPV) are known to be extremely common, sexually transmitted infections, but more information is needed regarding the absolute risks of type-specific HR-HPV infections in th...

    Authors: Megan Clarke, Mark Schiffman, Sholom Wacholder, Ana Cecilia Rodriguez, Allan Hildesheim and Wim Quint

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:308

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  22. The study objective was to investigate the effect of the introduction of a sexual health practice nurse on HIV and STI testing in a general practice that specialized in gay men’s health.

    Authors: Anthony F Snow, Lenka A Vodstrcil, Christopher K Fairley, Carol El-Hayek, Rosey Cummings, Louise Owen, Norman Roth, Margaret E Hellard and Marcus Y Chen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:298

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  23. The female genital tract is an important bacterial habitat of the human body, and vaginal microbiota plays a crucial role in vaginal health. The alteration of vaginal microbiota affects millions of women annua...

    Authors: Weijiao Gao, Jinlong Weng, Yunong Gao and Xiaochi Chen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:271

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Since 2000, reported syphilis cases increased ten-fold in Canada, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM) co-infected with HIV. We characterized temporal patterns of of syphilis testing in a large c...

    Authors: Ann N Burchell, Vanessa G Allen, Veronika Moravan, Sandra Gardner, Janet Raboud, Darrell HS Tan, Ahmed M Bayoumi, Rupert Kaul, Tony Mazzulli, Frank McGee, Peggy Millson, Robert S Remis and Sean B Rourke

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:246

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  25. Reinfections of Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) are common. In a two-armed intervention study at an urban STI clinic in the Netherlands, heterosexual Ct-positive visitors received an invitation for retesting after 4–5...

    Authors: Hannelore M Götz, Mireille EG Wolfers, Ad Luijendijk and Ingrid VF van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:239

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  26. Although among women a decreasing prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection with increasing age has been consistently observed in high-resource countries, different age profiles have been reported els...

    Authors: Iacopo Baussano, Silvia Franceschi, Anna Gillio-Tos, Francesca Carozzi, Massimo Confortini, Paolo Dalla Palma, Margherita De Lillo, Annarosa Del Mistro, Laura De Marco, Carlo Naldoni, Paola Pierotti, Patrizia Schincaglia, Nereo Segnan, Manuel Zorzi, Paolo Giorgi-Rossi and Guglielmo Ronco

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:238

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  27. Data on risk factors of recurrent bacterial vaginosis (RBV) are still scarce. We used data from female sex workers (FSW) participating in a randomized controlled microbicide trial to examine predictors of BV r...

    Authors: Fernand A Guédou, Lut Van Damme, Jennifer Deese, Tania Crucitti, Marissa Becker, Florence Mirembe, Suniti Solomon and Michel Alary

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:208

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  28. Cervicitis is a syndrome of cervical inflammation and a common condition in female sex workers (FSW), a subpopulation vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections. Local data is essential for guiding syndromi...

    Authors: Simon Pollett, Martha Calderon, Kristen Heitzinger, Vicky Solari, Silvia M Montano and Joseph Zunt

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:195

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  29. For almost two decades, chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnosis rates in remote Indigenous communities have been up to 30 times higher than for non-Indigenous Australians. The high levels of population movement kno...

    Authors: Ben B Hui, Richard T Gray, David P Wilson, James S Ward, Anthony M A Smith, David J Philip, Matthew G Law, Jane S Hocking and David G Regan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:188

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Infectious Diseases 2014 14:86

  30. There has been a rapid decline in the number of young heterosexuals diagnosed with genital warts at outpatient sexual health services since the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program started i...

    Authors: Hammad Ali, Rebecca J Guy, Handan Wand, Tim RH Read, David G Regan, Andrew E Grulich, Christopher K Fairley and Basil Donovan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:140

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  31. High-risk human papilloma virus (HR-HPV) infection is associated with the development of cervical cancer. HPV vaccination reduces the risk of developing malignant lesions and is expected to change the dynamics...

    Authors: Karl Ulrich Petry, Alexander Luyten, Annika Justus, Angelika Iftner, Sarah Strehlke, Axel Reinecke-Lüthge, Elisabeth Grunwald, Renate Schulze-Rath and Thomas Iftner

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:135

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  32. The national Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunisation Programme in New Zealand was introduced in 2008, and involves routine vaccination of girls 12–13 years with a catch-up for females aged up to 19 years. The ...

    Authors: Leonardo M Simonella, Hazel Lewis, Megan Smith, Harold Neal, Collette Bromhead and Karen Canfell

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:114

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  33. Syphilis causes up to 1,500,000 congenital syphilis cases annually. These could be prevented if all pregnant women were screened, and those with syphilis treated with a single dose of penicillin before 28 week...

    Authors: Pieter W Smit, Thomas van der Vlis, David Mabey, John Changalucha, Julius Mngara, Benjamin D Clark, Aura Andreasen, Jim Todd, Mark Urassa, Basia Zaba and Rosanna W Peeling

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:102

    Content type: Technical advance

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  34. Seroreactivity, processes of seroconversion and seroreversion, in the context of HPV infection has been investigated in numerous studies. However, the data resulting from these studies are usually not accounte...

    Authors: Igor A Korostil, Suzanne M Garland, Matthew G Law and David G Regan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:83

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  35. Pre-vaccination information on HPV type-specific prevalence in target populations is essential for designing and monitoring immunization strategies for cervical cancer (CC) prevention. Data on HPV prevalence i...

    Authors: Cristina Giambi, Serena Donati, Francesca Carozzi, Stefania Salmaso, Silvia Declich, Marta L Ciofi degli Atti, Guglielmo Ronco, Maria P Alibrandi, Silvia Brezzi, Natalina Collina, Daniela Franchi, Amedeo Lattanzi, Maria C Minna, Roberto Nannini, Elena Barretta, Elena Burroni…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:74

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  36. A cross sectional study to investigate HPV prevalence according to age and cytology.

    Authors: Elena Argyri, Stefanos Papaspyridakos, Elpida Tsimplaki, Lina Michala, Evangelia Myriokefalitaki, Issidora Papassideri, Dimitra Daskalopoulou, Ioanna Tsiaoussi, George Magiakos and Efstathia Panotopoulou

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:53

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  37. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a major public health concern worldwide. In Vietnam, knowledge regarding N. gonorrhoeae prevalence and AMR is limited, and data concerning genetic charac...

    Authors: Birgitta Olsen, Pham Thi Lan, Daniel Golparian, Emma Johansson, Tran Hau Khang and Magnus Unemo

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:40

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  38. Anogenital warts (AGWs) are a common, highly infectious disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), whose high recurrence rates contribute to direct medical costs, productivity loss and increased psychos...

    Authors: Harshila Patel, Monika Wagner, Puneet Singhal and Smita Kothari

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:39

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  39. Chlamydia trachomatis may cause multiple different urogenital tract disorders, but current non-culture assays for rapid screening of C. trachomatis typically use immunochromatography-based methods. We establishe...

    Authors: Ze-yu Wang, Guang-yu Fu, Shan-mei Wang, Dong-chun Qin, Zhong-quan Wang and Jing Cui

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:36

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  40. Knowledge on antimicrobial drug resistance and genetic characteristics of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates circulating in India, Pakistan, and Bhutan is sorely lacking. In this paper, we describe the prevalence of ...

    Authors: Sunil Sethi, Daniel Golparian, Manju Bala, Dorji Dorji, Muhammad Ibrahim, Kausar Jabeen and Magnus Unemo

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:35

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  41. As most genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections are asymptomatic, many patients do not seek health care for testing. Infections remain undiagnosed and untreated. We studied whether screening with information and...

    Authors: Hilde Kløvstad, Olav Natås, Aage Tverdal and Preben Aavitsland

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:30

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  42. Accumulated evidence from epidemiological studies and more recently from randomized controlled trials suggests that male circumcision (MC) may substantially protect against genital HPV infection in men. The pu...

    Authors: Ginesa Albero, Luisa L Villa, Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce, William Fulp, Mary R Papenfuss, Alan G Nyitray, Beibei Lu, Xavier Castellsagué, Martha Abrahamsen, Danélle Smith, F Xavier Bosch, Jorge Salmerón, Manuel Quiterio and Anna R Giuliano

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:18

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  43. There are no data available on human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in women living in the Mississippi Delta, where cervical cancer incidence and mortality among African American women is among the highest in...

    Authors: Philip E Castle, Julia C Gage, Edward E Partridge, Alfio Rausa, Patti E Gravitt and Isabel C Scarinci

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:5

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  44. Wolfsburg HPV Epidemiological Study (WOLVES) is a population-based cohort study on HPV infections and associated diseases in the pre-vaccination era in young women in Wolfsburg, Germany.

    Authors: Karl Ulrich Petry, Alexander Luyten, Annika Justus, Angelika Iftner, Sarah Strehlke, Renate Schulze-Rath and Thomas Iftner

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:367

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Syphilis is a growing public health problem among men who have sex with men (MSM) globally. Rapid and accurate detection of syphilis is vital to ensure patients and their contacts receive timely treatment and ...

    Authors: Matt Shields, Rebecca J Guy, Neisha J Jeoffreys, Robert J Finlayson and Basil Donovan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:353

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  46. Genital Human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs) in men and women. Knowledge about HPV infection among men is limited. This study aims to determin...

    Authors: Vivian Colón-López, Ana P Ortiz, Lizbeth M Del Toro-Mejías, Hermes García, Michael C Clatts and Joel Palefsky

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:346

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  47. Men who have sex with men (MSM) especially those who are HIV positive are at risk for HPV-associated anal cancer. We systematically reviewed studies with data on the prevalence of vaccine preventable anal HPV ...

    Authors: Huachun Zou, Christopher K Fairley, Jane S Hocking, Suzanne M Garland, Andrew E Grulich and Marcus Y Chen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:341

    Content type: Correspondence

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  48. The incidence of syphilis is increasing in many parts of the world. Clinicians may have limited experience in the diagnosis when the clinical appearance is unusual. If early diagnosis is not made and prompt tr...

    Authors: Kejian Zhu, Qiang Zhou, Rui Han and Hao Cheng

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:338

    Content type: Case report

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  49. This epidemiological study was carried out in Sfax (south of Tunisia) and focused on genital Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) genovar distribution.

    Authors: Houda Gharsallah, Olfa Frikha-Gargouri, Hanen Sellami, Fatma Besbes, Abir Znazen and Adnene Hammami

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:333

    Content type: Research article

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