31st Congress of IUSTI-Europe on Sexually Transmitted Infections

31 August – 2 September | Helsinki, Finland 2017

Opening ceremonies

16:30-19:00, Opening ceremonies Chairs: Eija Hiltunen-Back  & Stephan Lautenschlager

Case reports

08:30-10:30 Case reports (10 minutes each) Chairs: Jackie Sherrard, Cândida Fernandes, Marti Vall Mayans
  • Susanne Buder: Isolated gonococcal tendovaginitis of the forearm as clinical presentation of disseminated gonococcal infection
  • David Garcia-Hernandez: Intestinal spirochetosis, a sexually transmissible infection? Review of six cases from two sexually transmitted infections centres in Barcelona
  • Anna Rammlmair: Maculopapular rash under TNF-alpha blocker therapy
  • Brigitta Mezõ: Syphilis infection in siblings
  • Christian Greis: Tinea genitalis: A new entity of sexually transmitted infection?
  • Giang Huong Nguyen: Nympho-hymenal tear: a distinctive entity?
  • Claude Luder: Syphilis
  • Natasha Tsekova Traykovicj: Morbus Bowen and Bowenoid papulosis in renal transplant patient.
  • Marijana Vicic: Lymphogranuloma venereum infection in a young sailor?
  • Satu Kurkela: Finnish woman wit


11:00-12:30 Chairs:  Eija Hiltunen-Back & Airi Pöder
  • Catriona Bradshaw: Mycoplasma genitalium – Management in the time of multi-drug resistance
  • John White: Gonorrea: update 2017
  • Charlotte Gaydos: Point of care tests: clinical use in 2017

Troubleshooting in anogenital dermatology: expert opinion

13:30-15:45 Troubleshooting in anogenital dermatology: expert opinion Chairs: Willem van der Meijden, Mihael Skerlev
  • Fiona Lewis; Several managerial aspects of lichen sclerosus and lichen planus
  • Jorma Paavonen; Diagnosis and management of VIN
  • Fabian Ziller; Diagnosis and management of penile premalignant skin conditions
Meet experts; difficult cases:
  • Pedro Andrade; Systemic interpheron alpha-2a in the treatment of refractory condylomata acuminata in an immunocompetent patient
  • Azra Khatun (S. Sundaram); Successful treatment of high grade Vulval Intra-epithelial Neoplasia (VIN) with imiquimod 5% in a renal transplant patient
  • Josep Riera-Monroig (M. Alsina Gibert); Dermatology meets venereology: rapidly growing ulcers in the genital area
  • Karen Berzins; Vulvar dermatitis/candidiasis/provoked
  • Ismael Maatouk (M. Battistella, S. Fouéré) ; Penile lymphangioma secondary to sclerosing lymphangitis/Mondor’s disease in an HIV-positive patient

E-sexual health: how can apps and technology help you?

16:15-17:45 E-sexual health: how can apps and technology help you? Chairs: Andrew Winter, Henry de Vries
  • Teymur Noori: ‘STI prevention in Europe – social media, apps and new technology’
  • Anatole Mehnon-Johnson: Using digital tools to solve clinical problems
  • Jo Gibbs : STI information apps - challenges and potential
  • Sebastian Fuller: User perspectives on novel tests for STIs and antimicrobial resistance

What’s hot in HIV?

09:00-10:30 What's hot in HIV? Chairs: Deniz Gökengin, Mike Youle, Annamari Ranki
  • Mike Youle: The art of antiretroviral treatment
  • Christina Mussini: Late presentation: Is it still a burning issue?
  • Deniz Gökengin: HIV care in Central and Eastern Europe: how far are we from the target?
  • Michelle Hanlon: PREP -Real life experience from Norway

The European STI guidelines – what you need to know

13:30-15:00 The European STI guidelines – what you need to know Chairs: Keith Radcliff, Michel Janier Keith Radcliffe: Introduction
  • Raj Patel: Genital herpes
  • Michel Janier: Syphilis
  • Magnus Unemo: Gonorrhoea
  • Harald Moi: NGU
  • Andy Winter: Hepatitis B and C

Satellite Symposium by Cepheid

15:00-16:00 Satellite Symposium by Cepheid: The time is here - Improving Public Health by Reducing Time to Therapy and Broadening Access to STD Screening Moderator:  Marco Cusini
  • Norbert H. Brockmeyer: Walk in Ruhr: Test and Treat
  • Béatrice Berçot; Sharing experiences from a French community based STI centre

Genital pain syndromes- clinical challenge

Chair: Jorma Paavonen
  • Josef Beatrice: Male aspects and classification
  • Päivi Tommola: Vulvodynia; etiopathogenesis and pain mechanisms
  • Gilbert Donders: Conservative management of vulvar pain syndrome
  • Jorma Paavonen: Surgical management by vestibulectomy

Practical STI Diagnosis: which micro-organisms, how and when?

09.00-10:30 Practical STI Diagnosis: which microorganisms, how and when? Chairs: Angelika Stary, Marco Cusini, Viktoria Varkony
  • Marco Cusini: Recurrent ulcers in the genital tract
  • Viktoria Varkony: Syphilis: primary, secondary, tertiary: the recommended tests
  • Charlotte Gaydos: Which pathogens should be looked for in NGU
 Panel discussion on STI Diagnosis: Questions to be answered and Problems to be discussed

Satellite symposium by Abbvie

13:30-14:15 Satellite symposium by Abbvie: Hidradenitis Suppurativa – what do I need to know about this hidden disease?
  • Caitriona Ryan

Changing infections

14:15-15:45 Chairs: Stephan Lautenschlager & David A. Lewis
  • David A. Lewis: The re-emergence of H. ducreyi in dermato-venereology
  • Peter Itin: Syphilis: covert presentations.
  • Catriona Bradshaw: Microbial changes and factors associated with the development of BV.
  • Kees Rietmeijer: Changing world of STI-care

Free papers

16:15-17:45, Free papers (10 minutes each) Chairs: Claudia Heller-Vitouch, Mikhail Gomberg
  • Anja Rajul Patel: A service evaluation of a queue management system to limit patient waiting times in a same day sexual health service
  • Karoline Aebi-Popp: Rationale for prioritizing STI screening among asymptomatic female sex workers in Switzerland
  • Rami Al Rifai: Global epidemiology of Chlamydia trachomatis among infertile populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • ChristinaAllibardi: Evaluation of a new home-based self-vaginal collection kit to detect chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Dominic Rowley: Home Sexual Health Screening - A Glance at our First Nine Months
  • Rebecca Cannon: A comparison of observed counselling of the patient with HSV-2 and that which is reported by clinicians
  • Hannelore Götz: Patient initiated partner therapy for chlamydia: attitude of physicians and nurses in sexual health centres in The Netherlands
  • Chris Kenyon: The global patterning of stis over the past century suggests that differential network connectivity played an important role
  • Nicolas Pinto-Sander:  Acute hepatitis C in HIV negative men who have sex with men (MSM) who do not report injecting drug use

HPV – clinical challenges today

9:00:10.30 HPV - clinical challenges today Chairs: Arne Wickström, Petra Tunbäck, Stina Syrjänen
  • Stina Syrjänen: Oral manifestations of HPV infection
  • Petra Tunbäck: HPV in children
  • Anne Olsen: Anal HPV infection
  • Arne Wickström: Treatment of genital warts


11:00-12:30 Keynotes Chairs: Stephan Lautenschlager & Derek Freedman
  • David A. Lewis: What is an STI?
  • Manuel Battegay: HIV: A decade after the Swiss Statement – TasP and PrEP
  • Jorma Paavonen: HPV: what’s new

Satellite symposium by SpeeDx

  • Jørgen Jensen:Mycoplasma genitalium – the first incurable bacterial STI?
  • David Whiley:Towards individualised treatment of gonorrhoea
  • Barry Vipond : Syphilis, Herpes & VZV – a PlexPCR clinical evaluation

Anorectal sex and its role in STI transmission

14:00-15:30 Anorectal sex and its role in STI transmission Chairs: Henry de Vries, Raj Patel, John White
  • Raj Patel: Herpetic and gonorrhoeal proctitis
  • Henry de Vries: Chlamydial proctitis including lymphogranuloma venereum
  • John White: Syphilitic proctitis and rectal HIV transmission

Herpes infections

15:45-17:15 Herpes infections
  • Raj Patel: Genital herpes - Update 2017
  • Debate:  Herpes: Kiss and tell…or not? For: Peter Greenhouse, Against: Colm O’Mahony

ECDC-symposium: STI threats in Europe

9:00-10:30 ECDC symposium: STIs in Europe: new trends and old foes Chairs:  Otilia Mårdh, Keith Radcliffe
  • Gianfranco Spiteri: Trends of bacterial sexually transmitted infections in Europe
  • Magnus Unemo: Recent trends in gonococcal resistance
  • Julien Beauté: Travel-associated gonorrhoea in four Nordic countries
  • Patricia Ndumbi: Hepatitis A outbreak affecting men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe

Free papers

14:00-15:30 Free papers (10 minutes each) Chairs: Mirja Puolakkainen, Károly Nagy
  • Rachel Pitt: Detection of mutations associated with macrolide resistance in Mycoplasma genitalium from clinical specimens
  • Marianna Martinelli: Detection and quantitation of human papillomavirus DNA in plasma samples of women with cervical dysplasia
  • Elisa Mokany: Detection of genital lesion producing pathogens using plexpcr multiplex assay
  • Karoly Nagy: HIV entry inhibition by thiolated nucleotides
  • Mateu Espasa: New program for rapid detection and early treatment of sexually transmitted infections in asymptomatic population with sexual risk behaviors in Barcelona
  • Michael Perry: Evaluation of the SPEEDX plexpcrïƒä HSV-1&2/VZV/syphilis assay using three hundred clinical samples in a diagnostic laboratory
  • David Whiley: Use of molecular methods to enhance Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance surveillance
  • John White: Understanding attitudes to the diagnosis of Mycoplasma genitalium infection: a modified delphi approach to obtain a United Kingdom (UK) perspective
  • Sabine Pereyre: Prospective clinical evaluation of the Aptima Mycoplasma genitalium assay (ce-ivd) in France

Microscopic diagnosis of genital infections

15:45-17:15 Microscopic diagnosis of genital infections
  • Gilbert Donders: Essentials of native vaginal microscopy
  • Harald Moi: Direct examination of male and female urethritis