New booklet: Vulva & vaginal irritation

Jean Hailes, Last updated 05 May 2017

Jean Hailes has just released a new patient information booklet: The vulva: irritation, diagnosis & treatment. 

Contents:

  • What is normal?
  • Causes of vulva irritation
  • Management & treatment
  • Dryness
  • ‘Good bacteria’ versus ‘bad bacteria’ in the vagina
  • Other natural therapies
  • Irritation
  • Diagnosis
  • Secretions or discharge
  • Odour
  • Probiotics
  • What is the vulva?

Download booklet (PDF) here 

 

 

Alarm sounds as thousands of WA teenagers skip HPV vaccine

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The State Government has sounded the alarm at thousands of WA teenagers missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of the human papilloma virus vaccine.

The HPV vaccine was considered a medical breakthrough when introduced 10 years ago for its protection against cancers including of the throat and cervix, and genital infections.

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HPV May Cause A Genital Infection That Leads To Cancer, And Not Just Cervical

Medical Daily, Jul 2, 2016 04:40 PM

The authors of a new study published in Cancer, Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention looked at 34 years of data on nearly 3 million women. And it turns out, women with HPV are at risk for more than cervical cancer.

The study’s findings suggest that women with HPV are at long-lasting risk for anogenital cancers too. Lead study author Susanne Krüger Kjær believes that preventing HPV infection from occurring in the first place may be the best way to drive down subsequent cancer rates.

  • Read more of press release here
  • Access article abstract here

Above-Normal Death Rate Still Seen in U.S. Youngsters and Young Adults With HIV

The Body Pro, February 25, 2016

Despite improved health because of better antiretroviral therapy, HIV-positive teens and young adults in the United States still have a 31 times higher death rate than youngsters the same age in the general population.

Most deaths resulted from HIV-related conditions, and most deaths involved people with a low CD4 count, a high viral load, or not taking antiretrovirals.

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Tinea genitalis: a new entity of sexually transmitted infection?

Sex Transm Infect 2015;91:493-496 doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052036

Case series and review of the literature

Abstract:

Objective Investigation on recent cases of tinea genitalis after travelling to South East Asia.

Methods Patients with tinea in the genital region, which emerged after sex in South East Asia, underwent further assessment including microscopy, cultures and DNA analyses.

Results The case series includes seven patients. In six patients, Trichophyton interdigitale (former Trichophyton mentagrophytes) was detected. Three patients suffered from a severe inflammatory reaction of the soft tissue and two of them needed hospitalisation due to severe pain. In four patients, cicatrising healing was noticed. Five patients were declared incapacitated for work.

Conclusions Sexual activity should be considered as a potentially important and previously underappreciated means of transmission of T. interdigitale. To avoid irreversible scarring alopecia, prompt initiation of antifungal treatment is essential and adequate isolation and identification of the pathogen is mandatory.

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Study Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women

HealthDay, Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Men are at increased risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection if their female sex partners have oral and/or genital HPV infections, a new study shows.

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