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Association of HIV Infection With Anal and Penile Low-Risk Human Papillomavirus Infections Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Amsterdam: The HIV & HPV in MSM Study

imageBackground: This study among men who have sex with men (MSM) aimed to (1) assess prevalence of anogenital low-risk human papillomavirus (lrHPV) infections, (2) evaluate associations with HIV infection, and (3) investigate lrHPV concordance. Methods: In 2010 to 2011, MSM 18 years or older were recruited in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and provided anal and penile self-swabs (HIV & HPV in MSM study). Using the HPV SPF10-PCR/DEIA/LiPA25 system, the presence of lrHPV types 6, 11, 34, 40, 42, 43, 44, 53, 54, 66, 68/73, 70, and 74 could be detected. Logistic regression with generalized estimating equations was used to assess the independent effect of HIV on lrHPV infections. The model was repeated for lrHPV subcategories (nononcogenic and weakly oncogenic infections separately). Concordance was defined as detection of the same lrHPV type in both self-swabs of one individual. Results: A total of 778 MSM were included, of whom 317 (41%) were HIV positive (median CD4+ count at enrollment, 530 cells/mm3). Prevalence of anal lrHPV was 45% (95% confidence interval [CI], 41%–50%) in HIV-negative MSM and 69% (95% CI, 64%–74%) in HIV-positive MSM. Prevalence of penile lrHPV was 20% (95% CI, 16%–24%) and 37% (95% CI, 31%–42%), respectively. In multivariable analysis, HIV infection was independently associated with anal (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.9; 95% CI, 1.5–2.3) and penile lrHPV (aOR, 2.0; 95% CI, 1.4–2.7). Nononcogenic and weakly oncogenic lrHPV subcategories showed a similar pattern of association. Anal lrHPV infections were strongly associated with the presence of a type-concordant penile infection (aOR, 5.8; 95% CI, 4.4–7.5) and vice versa (aOR, 5.7; 95% CI, 4.4–7.5). Conclusions: Anal and penile infections with lrHPV are common in MSM. HIV infection was an independent determinant for lrHPV infections. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

The Role of Chlamydia trachomatis in High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Persistence Among Female Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya

imageBackground: Little is known about risk factors for persistent high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infection in low-income settings, and prior research has not quantified the relative duration of hrHPV infections stratified by risk factors. We compared the duration of hrHPV infection among female sex workers (FSWs) by exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), using a highly sensitive biomarker assay. Methods: From 2009 to 2011, 350 FSWs enrolled in this longitudinal study. Every 3 months, sociodemographic and sexual behavior data were collected via questionnaire, and APTIMA assays were used to detect the rRNA of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhea, Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma genitalium, and messenger RNA of the E6/E7 oncoproteins expressed by hrHPV. Among 173 FSW who were infected with hrHPV during the observation period, accelerated failure time models estimated time ratios (TRs) for duration of hrHPV infection, comparing FSW infected with STIs at baseline to STI-uninfected FSWs. Results: Median follow-up time was 26.2 months (interquartile range, 18.8–27.5 months). The median duration of hrHPV infection among all FSWs was 9.3 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.3–11.5). The duration of hrHPV infection among FSW infected with CT at baseline was greater than that among FSWs who were uninfected (adjusted TR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.2–2.6). Among FSWs who were coinfected with hrHPV and CT at baseline, the adjusted TR was 3.4 (95% CI, 2.5–5.4) compared with FSWs infected with hrHPV only. No other STI was associated with hrHPV duration. Conclusions: Recent or concurrent CT infection was associated with prolonged hrHPV infection among a cohort of Nairobi FSWs. Management of CT could reduce risk for hrHPV persistence. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

Structural Determinants of Inconsistent Condom Use With Clients Among Migrant Sex Workers: Findings of Longitudinal Research in an Urban Canadian Setting

imageBackground: Migrant women in sex work experience unique risks and protective factors related to their sexual health. Given the dearth of knowledge in high-income countries, we explored factors associated with inconsistent condom use by clients among migrant female sex workers over time in Vancouver, BC. Methods: Questionnaire and HIV/sexually transmitted infection testing data from a longitudinal cohort, An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access, were collected from 2010 to 2013. Logistic regression using generalized estimating equations was used to model correlates of inconsistent condom use by clients among international migrant sex workers over a 3-year study period. Results: Of 685 participants, analyses were restricted to 182 (27%) international migrants who primarily originated from China. In multivariate generalized estimating equations analyses, difficulty accessing condoms (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 3.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.13–12.47) independently correlated with increased odds of inconsistent condom use by clients. Servicing clients in indoor sex work establishments (e.g., massage parlors) (AOR, 0.34; 95% CI, 0.15–0.77), and high school attainment (AOR, 0.22; 95% CI, 0.09–0.50) had independent protective effects on the odds of inconsistent condom use by clients. Conclusions: Findings of this longitudinal study highlight the persistent challenges faced by migrant sex workers in terms of accessing and using condoms. Migrant sex workers who experienced difficulty in accessing condoms were more than 3 times as likely to report inconsistent condom use by clients. Laws, policies, and programs promoting access to safer, decriminalized indoor work environments remain urgently needed to promote health, safety, and human rights for migrant workers in the sex industry. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

Condomless Anal Intercourse Among Males and Females at High Risk for Heterosexual HIV Infection

imageBackground: Understanding and addressing heterosexual HIV transmission requires attention to the range and context of heterosexual sexual behaviors. We sought to determine population-based prevalence of condomless anal intercourse (CAI) among individuals at increased heterosexual HIV risk in Baltimore and to identify demographic, behavioral, and health-related correlates. Methods: Data were from a cross-sectional study of 185 males and 198 females at increased heterosexual risk for HIV recruited using respondent-driven sampling as part of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project in Baltimore, August-December 2010. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression examined factors associated with heterosexual CAI. Results: The sample was majority African American, with a mean age of 38 years among men and 34 years among women. Forty-two percent of men (95% confidence interval, 30.9%–52.0%) and 38% of women (95% confidence interval, 29.4%–47.2%) reported any CAI in the past year, with variance by partner type and sex. Among men, CAI was significantly associated with homelessness, casual and exchange partners, same-sex partner in past year, and substance use. Among women, CAI was significantly associated with lower education, casual and exchange partners, same-sex partner in past year, multiple partners, and substance use. In adjusted sex-specific models, males and females with increasing numbers of partners were more likely to engage in CAI. Conclusions: It is important to recognize the efficiency of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through CAI. There is a need to broaden heterosexual sexual health promotion and HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention to adequately and appropriately address risks and prevention strategies for anal intercourse. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

Male Incarceration Rates and Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections: Results From a Longitudinal Analysis in a Southeastern US City

imageBackground: In the United States, rates of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing. Contextual factors seem to play an important role in shaping STI transmission dynamics. This longitudinal study explores the relationship between one contextual determinant of health (the male incarceration rate) and rates of newly diagnosed STIs in census tracts in Atlanta, GA. Methods: The sample consisted of all census tracts in Atlanta (n = 946). Annual data on STI diagnoses were drawn from the Georgia surveillance system for 2005 to 2010; annual male incarceration data were drawn from the Georgia Department of Corrections for 2005 to 2010; and data on potential confounders were drawn from the US Census. Multivariable growth models were used to examine the association between the male incarceration rate and rates of newly diagnosed STIs, controlling for covariates. Results: Census tracts with higher baseline male incarceration rates had a higher baseline rate of newly diagnosed STIs. Census tracts with increasing male incarceration rates experienced a more rapid increase in their rate of newly diagnosed STIs. Census tracts with medium and high baseline male incarceration rates experienced a decrease in their rate of newly diagnosed STIs over time. Conclusions: The present study strengthens the evidence that male incarceration rates have negative consequences on sexual health outcomes, although the relationship may be more nuanced than originally thought. Future multilevel research should explore individual sexual risk behaviors and networks in the context of high male incarceration rates to better understand how male incarceration shapes rates of STIs. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

What Can We Infer About Incarceration and Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

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Gonorrhea Treatment Failures With Oral and Injectable Expanded Spectrum Cephalosporin Monotherapy vs Dual Therapy at 4 Canadian Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinics, 2010–2013

imageBackground: Antimicrobial resistance has developed to all antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea (GC), and trends in GC antimicrobial resistance have prompted changes in treatment guidelines. We examined treatment failures in sexually transmitted infection clinics. Methods: Four Canadian sexually transmitted infection clinics reviewed treatment regimens, minimum inhibitory concentrations for cephalosporins and azithromycin, anatomical infection sites, and treatment outcomes for GC infections between January 2010 and September 2013, in individuals who returned for test of cure within 30 days of treatment. Treatment failure was defined as the absence of reported sexual contact during the posttreatment period and (i) positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae on culture of specimens taken at least 72 hours after treatment or (ii) positive nucleic acid amplification test specimens taken at least 2 to 3 weeks after treatment, and matching sequence type pretreatment and posttreatment. χ2 Test and Fisher exact test were used to assess association of categorical variables. Results: Of 389 specimens reviewed, GC treatment failures occurred in 13 specimens treated with cefixime 400-mg single dose (17.8% treatment failure rate regardless of anatomical site) and in 1 oropharyngeal specimen treated with cefixime 800-mg single dose. No treatment failures occurred using either ceftriaxone monotherapy or cefixime/ceftriaxone combined with azithromycin or doxycycline. Conclusions: In contrast to oral cefixime monotherapy, no treatment failures were identified with injectable ceftriaxone monotherapy or combination GC treatment. Our data support the use of combination treatment of GC with an extended spectrum cephalosporin (including oral cefixime) with azithromycin or doxycycline as well as ceftriaxone monotherapy. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM

High Prevalence of Azithromycin-Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae Isolates With a Multidrug Resistance Phenotype in Fukuoka, Japan

imageBackground: The current guidelines recommend a combination of ceftriaxone and azithromycin as a first-line treatment of gonorrhea in the United States and Europe. Despite not being recommended as a first-line regimen in Japan, an oral 2-g dose of azithromycin did become available for gonococcal infections in 2009. Recently, the emergence of azithromycin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates has been reported in several countries, including Japan. Methods: Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed on a total of 677 clinical isolates of N. gonorrhoeae obtained from January 2010 to December 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. A molecular analysis by N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing was conducted on the azithromycin-resistant isolates. Results: The proportion of azithromycin-resistant isolates (minimum inhibitory concentration > 0.5 μg/mL) increased significantly from 1.8% in 2010 to 22.6% in 2013 (P < 0.001). Among 50 azithromycin-resistant isolates, 30 (60%) exhibited a resistant phenotype to multiple drugs including cefixime. The 2 predominant sequence types (STs) identified by N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing were ST6798 (por allele 4033 and tbpB allele 110) and ST1407 (por allele 908 and tbpB allele 110) at 40.0% (20/50) and 12.0% (6/50), respectively. There was a statistically significant increase of the proportion of ST6798 from 0% (0/19) in 2010–2012 to 64.5% (20/31) in 2013 (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Over the previous 4 years, an increasing prevalence of azithromycin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae isolates with a multidrug-resistant phenotype was observed. Furthermore, the azithromycin-resistant isolates seemed to belong to 2 predominant STs. As a result, continued surveillance of gonococci resistant to antimicrobial agents, including azithromycin in Fukuoka, Japan, is necessary. 06/01/2015 01:00 AM