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Decreased susceptibility of BC gonorrhea isolates to current treatments

September 19, 2012 by Travis Salway Hottes, Epidemiologist

In its evolution over the past century, Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the causative agent of gonorrhea infection) has successively acquired resistance to first-line treatments, including penicillin, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin. Recent international surveillance data suggest that with time the bacterium may become fully resistant to the current (and only remaining viable) third-generation cephalosporin treatments (cefixime PO and ceftriaxone…

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Increasing percentage of HIV cases among gay, bisexual, and other men having sex with men in BC

August 20, 2012 by Travis Salway Hottes, Epidemiologist

Over the past decade we have observed a substantial decrease in new HIV cases in British Columbia. A similar decrease has not, however, occurred among gay, bisexual, and other men having sex with men (MSM). We used provincial surveillance data to evaluate this trend in more detail. Methods: We examined demographic characteristics of individuals having…

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