British Journal of Sexual Medicine - 2010

Comment: Good Old Jeremy Kyle
Paul Woolley
pp 3-3
I recently came across a poster that read ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!’, and a T-shirt stating ‘Pornography is cheaper than a girlfriend’. This prompted me to consider whether the potential antagonism in relationships between the sexes is innate, fuelled by societal attitudes, or a bit of both.
Herpes in pregnancy: how to avoid neonatal transmission
Elizabeth Foley
pp 4-7
Genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in pregnancy is a common cause of anxiety, not only to the mother but also to the healthcare workers responsible for her care. This is not because it is one of the most common sexually transmitted viral infections, but because its consequences can be severe. However, neonatal herpes is largely preventable. This article considers how pregnant women with genital HSV infection should be best managed and what type of delivery should be planned, according to the type of infection.
Transdermal versus oral testosterone
Shvetha M Zarek and James A Simon
pp 8-10
Testosterone has long been used for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in women. Early treatments were oral formulations, causing adverse effects such as relatively benign acne or, more worryingly, virilisation or severe liver disease.
Sexual dysfunction: examining the partner’s viewpoint
Denise Knowles
pp 11-13
Although sex has become more prominent in our society – and information about it more accessible – many individuals and couples still find it very difficult to talk about their sexual and intimate relationships and any problems that may have arisen. When sexual issues develop, both the person who is experiencing them and his or her partner can suffer, so it is important to consider the partner’s perspective.
The Hepatitis C Trust: eradicate the virus in the UK
Charles Gore
pp 14-15
According to the WHO, there are 130–170 million people living with hepatitis C globally and 3–4 million new infections every year. In the UK, there are estimated to be 250,000 to 500,000 people infected, of whom considerably more than half have no idea that they have this virus.
The importance of screening for syphilis and how to do it
Clare LN Woodward and Patrick D French
pp 15-18
Syphilis is caused by the spirochete bacterium, Treponema pallidum, subspecies pallidum, and is acquired via sexual or vertical transmission. It leads to a significant burden of disease worldwide and is an important health problem for both the individual and the community.
Carnal joys, carpal troubles?
David Hicks
pp 19-19
A serious researcher, following what I can only describe as a thought process akin to the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland, has proposed that carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) may be associated with sexual intercourse.1 The aetiology proposed is that the condition – which can be described as pain, paraesthesia and weakness occurring in the hand following compression of the median nerve travelling through the carpal tunnel – can develop when, during sexual intercourse, the hands become repeatedly extended while under pressure from the weight of the upper body.