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Research from University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Provides New Insights
Staff Writer
January 14, 2013


2013 JAN 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- New research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) is the subject of a report. According to news reporting out of Worcester, Massachusetts, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The Russian HIV epidemic is primarily fuelled by injection drug use, but heterosexual spread may be playing an increasing role in transmission. Government-funded AIDS clinics provide most HIV treatment in Russia, and represent an important contact point between the medical community and infected population."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, "Little is known about the population actively seeking HIV treatment. To describe demographics, perceived mode of acquisition and serostatus disclosure practices of HIV-infected individuals seeking treatment in St Petersburg, Russia, we conducted a cross-sectional study of 204 HIV-infected patients presenting to the St Petersburg City AIDS Center between May and June 2007. Mean age of respondents was 28 years old, 51% were women and two-thirds (67%) reported a history of injection drug use. Men were more likely to report injection (62% versus 45%) while women were more likely to identify sexual transmission (45% versus 32%) as their perceived infection route. Predictors of serostatus disclosure were female gender, married status and higher education. Women represent half of all patients seeking HIV treatment in St Petersburg, and are more likely than men to have disclosed their HIV-positive serostatus to sexual partners."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "While this population may not represent the burden of HIV disease in Russia, it is an important target group for secondary prevention."

For more information on this research see: Speaking the truth: an analysis of gender differences in serostatus disclosure practices among HIV-infected patients in St Petersburg, Russia. International Journal of Std & Aids, 2012;23(10):685-8 (see also Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.S. Davidson, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: HIV/AIDS, Worcester, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, Massachusetts, United States, Gender Health, HIV Infections, Women's Health, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

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