Recent media releases from STIEF, our associates
and other authoritative sources.



How HPV spread through oral sex can cause cancer in men

Siobhan Downes 05:00, Aug 04 2020

Known as the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections, without immunisation, around 80 per cent of sexually active adults will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. The virus is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, with 150 women in New Zealand diagnosed every year. It can also cause other cancers in the genital area of both men and women, specifically the vagina, vulva, penis and anus.

But in recent years, medical professionals have also started seeing a steady rise in HPV-related head and neck cancers in heterosexual men. For this group, the main risk is oropharyngeal cancer, which affects the tissues at the back of the mouth, throat and nasal passages. Though oropharyngeal cancer has traditionally been linked to smoking and heavy drinking, in recent years HPV has started to overtake cigarettes and alcohol as the leading cause. In almost all cases, the virus is transmitted to the mouth through oral sex with an infected partner.


Contraception and 'bubble sex' in a time of Coronavirus

Dr Cathy Stephenson 05:00, Mar 31 2020

ADVICE: As we hunker down in our "bubbles" for the next few weeks, families and flatmates all over the nation are finding ways to while away the hours indoors, without the usual distractions of work, socialising and travel.

For couples, one thing that may well be continuing during lockdown is sex. In fact, if historical events are an indicator, there is probably more of it happening now in existing relationships than might be the norm.


GPs get unclear message on changes for cervical screening, says White


A lack of communication from the Ministry of Health about changes to cervical cancer screening is unsatisfactory, says NZMA GP Council chair Jan White.

Most people in primary care sector knew changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme were afoot, but many weren’t informed the age of entry would officially increase on 1 November, from 20 to 25, Dr White says.


Why changes have been made to NZ's cervical screening programme

Dr Cathy Stephenson   05:00, Oct 15 2019

ADVICE:  As New Zealanders, we are lucky to have had a robust screening programme for cervical cancer for many years.

I know from talking to patients from overseas that in many parts of the world this type of screening test isn't freely available, creating inequity of access and leading to preventable cancers in those people who are often most at risk....

The vaccine that can prevent cancer

Dr Cathy Stephenson  05:00, Jul 23 2019

This Saturday is "World Head and Neck Cancer Day".

As well as including skin cancers, cancers of the nasal passages, salivary glands and other areas, the "head and neck" group also includes oropharyngeal cancers – those that affect the middle part of the throat.

Oropharyngeal cancers definitely aren't well known, but numbers of people affected by them are growing at an alarming rate – and the consequences of...

Why are we so scared of checkups?

Re: News – NOTE: Video Content
5 February 2019

Young kiwis waiting to seek STI treatment

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
RadioNZ  1:17 pm on 31 August 2018

Young kiwis aren't getting help for sexual health issues early enough.

New research by Massey University, the first study of its kind in New Zealand, found 40 per cent of young people waited until they experienced symptoms, and some waited even longer, before seeking tretament.