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Sexually transmitted infection


Alternative Names
  • STI
  • Transmission

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Also called venereal disease (an older public health term) or sexually transmitted disease (STD); for example, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea. This topic encompasses policy and related published sources referring to STIs in the HIV/AIDS context, including preventive measures (such as condom distribution and behavioural change initiatives), reproductive health, and adolescent targeting; as well as STI links to HIV/AIDS (for example, where STI occurrence may signal HIV occurrence).

Prepared by: Adam Bowles

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Published Resources


  • Narain, Jai P. (ed), AIDS in Asia: The Challenge Ahead, Sage, New Delhi, 2004, 395 pp. [ Details... ]
  • Walsh, Jenny, Keep it Simple: K.I.S.S.S. Guide to Safe Sex, ANCAHRD - Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Canberra, 2000, 18 pp. [ Details... ]

Journal Articles

  • Giang, Le Truong, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen Thanh Son, Lan Vu, Esther Sid Hudes, and Christina Lindan, 'Evaluation of STD/HIV Prevention Needs of Low- and Middle-Income Female Sex Workers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 4, no. 1, 2000, pp. 83-91. (Also available at [ Details... ]
  • Zenner, Dominik; Steven Russell, 'Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS in Vanuatu: A Cause for Concern and Action', The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 118, no. 1220, 12 August 2005. [ PDF File | Details... ]