Sexual transmission of intestinal parasites in men who have sex with men

Abdolrasouli, A; McMillan, A; Ackers, JP; (2009) Sexual transmission of intestinal parasites in men who have sex with men. Sexual health, 6 (3). pp. 185-194. ISSN 1448-5028 DOI:

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Direct oral-anal sexual contact is a common practice among men who have sex with men (MSM) and is implicated in the transmission of various enteric pathogens including intestinal parasites. The present study reviewed data on the sexual transmission of intestinal parasites among MSM, and highlighted advances in the diagnosis of such infections. The emergence and spread of intestinal parasites is of public health concern particularly in the homosexual community. Intestinal parasitic infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease in this population. Combination of traditional diagnostic procedures with implementation of testing based on novel molecular methods in the accurate identification of intestinal parasites is important so that early intervention and control of infection is facilitated.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
PubMed ID: 19653954
Web of Science ID: 268590900003


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