Special Issues are flexible collections of articles, that have a common topic. The articles may be published in various monthly issues.


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are commonly spread via sexual contact and have a major impact on sexual, reproductive and neonatal health, but can also cause disastrous and life-threatening complications if left untreated. In addition to this personal burden, STIs also represent a socioeconomic problem, deriving in treatment costs of tremendous proportions. With this Special Issue, Microbial Cell compiles a series of articles that focus on the eight major STIs: (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, human papilloma virus, herpes simplex virus, hepatitis B virus, and human immunodeficiency virus). Thereby all relevant features of each infection are covered: (i) etiology, transmission and protection; (ii) pathology/symptomatology; (iii) epidemiology, incidence and prevalence; (iv) treatment and curability; and (v) molecular mechanisms of infection.
Issue cover
Cover: Superposed images of herpes-infected squamous cells (image by Edward O. Uthman, Brown & Associates Medical Laboratories, LLP, USA and obtained via Flickr) and the schematic drawing of urethral exudate containing Neisseria gonorrhoeae (image by Dr. Norman Jacobs, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA and obtained via the CDC Public Health Image Library , ID#3693); images modified by MIC. The cover is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Enlarge issue cover

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