Changing Priorities in Sexually Transmitted Infection Research
The medical research community needs a way to look at preventing and treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to the journal PLOS Medicine, which has just released its Collection on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of STIs. The collection features research articles as well as perspectives from international experts.
One example of an STI issue tackled in the collection: Prevention strategies for HIV and other STIs are separated in the collection, due to rising rates of gonorrhea and syphilis in men who have sex with men. Antiretroviral therapy in this population, and the increasing availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, decrease rates of HIV transmission but not the spread of other STIs. The collection also addresses the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, which already compromises gonorrhea treatment in several areas of the world.