Study: Use of PrEP drug could lower herpes infection rates

The use of Truvada as PrEP could help prevent herpes infection Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

The use of HIV drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to prevent HIV infection, could also lower the infection rates of genital herpes.

Despite claims by opponents that introducing PrEP as a preventative measure against new HIV infections could increase STI infection rates, a study of 131 hetrosexual couples in serodiscordent relationships, meaning one partner is HIV positive, and the other is HIV negative, found a 30% reduction in herpes infection rates whilst taking the medication.

The couples, in Uganda and Kenya, were almost a third less likely to become infected with the HSV-2 strain of herpes.

The use of Truvada as PrEP, has seen support from organisations such as the Centers for Disease Control in the US, which issued recommendations that PrEP could play an important role in the prevention of HIV transmission.

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Christian Concern: Families would be unstable if straight couples could enter civil partnerships

Andrea Minichiello Williams is the head of Christian Concern 11 reader comments

In opposition to the introduction of civil partnerships for straight couples, Christian groups claimed that it would “discourage” opposite sex couples from marrying.

Following a public consultation, the British Government yesterday announced that it would leave in place civil partnerships for gay couples, but would not extend them to straight couples.

76% of respondents to the consultation were opposed to extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, including Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre.

The two groups responded to the consultation to claim that straight couples would be discouraged from marrying, and that it would lead to instability in families.

“The introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships will inevitably discourage some opposite sex couples from marrying, and result in greater instability within families, by offering a parallel institution that provides all the legal rights and privileges of marriage without the need for lifelong commitment.”

A straight couple from London in March  announced their engagement, but said that they would get civilly partnered rather than married, in order to push for full marriage equality.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell repeatedly called for the coalition’s equal marriage plans to include civil partnerships for heterosexuals.

He criticised then Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, for ruling out the measure during the same-sex marriage debate.

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Baptizing Children Of Gay Couples Could Become New Battleground: Religion Experts

(RNS) Despite numerous controversies over dismissing gay Catholics from church posts and the U.S. hierarchy’s campaign against same-sex marriage, Catholic leaders have carefully, if quietly, avoided doing anything to block gay couples from having their children baptized.

But a move by a bishop in Wisconsin to route all such decisions through his office is raising questions about whether that neutral zone will now become another battleground, and whether the growing acceptance of gay parents will inevitably draw more attention to this practice and force church leaders to establish clearer rules.

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