Letters

Sexually transmitted infections in people with HIV infection

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.796 (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:796
  1. Ambreen M Butt, specialist registrar genitourinary medicine (ambreenmorrison@yahoo.com),
  2. C Johnman, senior house officer,
  3. R Nandwani, clinical director
  1. Glasgow NHS Trust
  2. Genitourinary Medicine, Sandyford Initiative, Glasgow G3 7NB

    EDITOR—The study by Catchpole et al looked at the seroprevalence of HIV-1 infection in homosexual and bisexual men presenting with an acute sexually transmitted infection.1 Sexually transmitted infections facilitate the transmission of HIV. Herpes simplex type 2 infection and primary syphilis increase the infectivity of HIV by compromising mucosal surfaces.2 Gonococcal and chlamydial urethritis increase shedding of HIV-1 in semen, therefore increasing the risk of HIV transmission risk.3 Further studies have shown the effectiveness of antimicrobial …

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