Sexually Transmitted Infections

New Antibiotic Shows Promise as Potential Treatment for Uncomplicated Gonorrhea

New Antibiotic Shows Promise as Potential Treatment for Uncomplicated Gonorrhea

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Unlike other antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea, zoliflodacin, a spiropyrimidinetrione antimicrobial agent, works by inhibiting DNA biosynthesis by arresting the cleaved covalent gyrase complex, thereby impeding bacterial growth.

CDC: Some Sexual Minorities Have Higher Sexual Risk Behaviors

CDC: Some Sexual Minorities Have Higher Sexual Risk Behaviors

Bisexual females, 'not sure' males have higher prevalence of many sexual risk behaviors.

CDC: Increase in Rate of STDs for Fourth Consecutive Year in US

CDC: Increase in Rate of STDs for Fourth Consecutive Year in US

Nearly 2.3 million total cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis diagnosed in the United States in 2017.

Pelvic Exam in ER Doesn't Help Predict STI for Young Females

Pelvic Exam in ER Doesn't Help Predict STI for Young Females

Pelvic exam doesn't add to history for diagnosis of STIs in young females with suspected cervicitis, PID.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

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Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

Case Study: Headache, Back Pain, and Fever

Case Study: Headache, Back Pain, and Fever

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A 25-year-old woman presents to the emergency department with a chief complaint of headache, back pain, and fever, while also experiencing some vaginal itching and discharge.

Teens More Responsive to STI Test Results via Text Message

Teens More Responsive to STI Test Results via Text Message

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Hospital notifications are received more quickly by teen patients with STIs as text messages rather than phone calls.

Marijuana, alcohol intervention help reduce STI incidence

Marijuana, alcohol intervention help reduce STI incidence

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Behavioral interventions that include sexual risk reduction combined with alcohol- and cannabis-focused elements are effective at reducing sexually transmitted infection incidence among justice-involved adolescents.

USPSTF: Syphilis screenings recommended for pregnant women

USPSTF: Syphilis screenings recommended for pregnant women

The USPSTF reports that pregnant women can benefit from screening for syphilis infection.

Listerine mouthwash effective in controlling gonorrhea

Listerine mouthwash effective in controlling gonorrhea

With daily use Listerine may increase gonococcal clearance and have important implications for prevention strategies.

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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