Sexually Transmitted Infections

STD cases reach record high in the U.S.

STD cases reach record high in the U.S.

The largest increase in reported STD cases occurred in P&S syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

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Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

Early ART lowers risk of HIV-1 infection among sexual partners

Early ART lowers risk of HIV-1 infection among sexual partners

Researchers observed 78 HIV-1 among partners, with an annual incidence of 0.9%.

USPSTF releases statement on genital herpes screening

USPSTF releases statement on genital herpes screening

A Grade D recommendation discourages routine screening in asymptomatic adolescents and adults.

USPSTF recommends widespread screening for syphilis as prevalence increases

USPSTF recommends widespread screening for syphilis as prevalence increases

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As syphilis rates increase, the USPSTF has recommended screening all asymptomatic adults and adolescents for syphilis infection.

Abstinence, fidelity programs are ineffective for HIV prevention

Abstinence, fidelity programs are ineffective for HIV prevention

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A study has found no evidence that programs promoting abstinence can reduce risky sexual behaviors that can increase the risk of HIV.

WHO guideline poised to reduce HIV-related deaths

WHO guideline poised to reduce HIV-related deaths

Rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy will likely reduce the number of HIV-related deaths.

Opt-out testing may increase HIV screening rates

Opt-out testing may increase HIV screening rates

More than 65% of patients in the "opt-out" group accepted the HIV test, according to researchers.

HIV testing rates low among young adults, teens, according to CDC report

HIV testing rates low among young adults, teens, according to CDC report

High school aged males were less likely to have been tested than females.

Human papillomavirus vaccination not linked to increase in sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females 


Human papillomavirus vaccination not linked to increase in sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females 


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The HPV vaccination is not associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females, study results suggest. The vaccine is recommended for all children 11 to 12 years old.

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