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Blogs Examine Issue Of Female Genital Schistosomiasis

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, PLOS NTDs Editor-In-Chief Peter Hotez highlights the subject of Female Genital Schistosomiasis [FGS] in Africa that continues to affect women there heavily, yet receives disproportionally little attention.” He discusses a number of articles “emphasiz[ing] the disproportionate impact of S. haematobium infection on girls and women,” and writes, “As we look past the Millennium Development Goals starting in 2015, it will be essential to renew a global commitment to the treatment and prevention of FGS, and spotlight attention to this ancient scourge of girls and women” (5/6). In a related post in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, Gregory Simon, senior technical officer for the network, examines the need for combined schistosomiasis and HIV control programs, noting, “Several studies conducted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe demonstrated that girls and women with FGS had three to four times greater relative risk of contracting HIV” (5/7).