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Sexual Health

Warts where the sun don’t shine?

Being gay is already a bit like doing squats in a tight pair of jeans – a bit of a challenge - but now chuck being more susceptible to genital warts and HPV related anal cancer (than our hetero-brethren) into the mix, and a gay man just wants to toss all his A&F vests out of his gym bag! It’s just too much! Why us? HOW MUCH MORE CAN WE TAKE?

Anal Warts and all!

What if the warty frog you kissed didn’t turn into a handsome prince?  In fact, what if the handsome prince that you did manage to kiss, gave YOU a wart!  EEK! I know, right! Let’s take this frightening “Fairytale” a little further: What if that prince kissed you in your “no-no-special-place” (crotch area - stay with me people!) and gave you a wart there? Proceed to placing wrist to forehead, rolling eyes into the head and crumpling into a pale heap on the floor.

Men with penile HPV infection have an increased risk of acquiring HIV

Men with penile human papillomavirus (HPV) infection have an increased risk of acquiring HIV, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. This increase in risk was irrespective of circumcision status.

“Our results indicate that HPV infection is an important risk factor for HIV acquisition in men that needs to be explored further and accounted for in HIV-prevention studies,” comment the authors.

Oral Exam

“She thinks fellatio is a character in Shakespeare” – Cherry Falls (2000)

Just how much do you really know about the ancient practice of oral sex, more specifically, the delicate art of fellatio?  Fellatio or fellation, also known as a blowjob (BJ), giving head or sucking off, is the act of using your mouth or throat to pleasure a penis – your own (autofellatio) or someone else’s. When contemplating giving or receiving a blowjob there is a mouthful of information worth considering…

Key populations: policy development and partnerships the way forward

South Africa’s National Strategic Plan (2012-2016) highlights the need for policy development related to so-called ‘key populations’ which include men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who inject drugs, in order to ensure that our responses to the HIV pandemic are inclusive of these populations.

Mpumalanga Men’s Study

New study reveals exceptionally high HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men in Mpumalanga, indicating an urgent need to improve services.

According to the Mpumalanga Men’s Study, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Mpumalanga are among the hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. HIV prevalence may be up to 30% among this high-risk group with large numbers of new infections occurring in the last 12 months.

Health4Men improves diagnosis and treatment of drug resistant gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted infection also referred to as “the drop” or “the clap”, is known to increase the risk of HIV transmission. With growing resistance to antibiotics, effective screening and treatment of gonorrhoea is becoming a priority among high-risk groups like men who have sex with men.

Concern is mounting that resistance is now developing to the antibiotic cefixime recommended by the South African Department of Health for treating gonococcal urethritis.