Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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.

FDA Approves Two New Oral Treatments for HIV-1 Infection

FDA Approves Two New Oral Treatments for HIV-1 Infection

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Delstrigo is approved as a complete regimen whereas Pifeltro is to be administered in combination with other antiretrovirals.

1997 to 2015 Saw Increase in HIV Viral Suppression Rates

1997 to 2015 Saw Increase in HIV Viral Suppression Rates

Lower odds of having detectable viral load for older adults and those using ISTI-based regimen.

International Antiviral Society-USA Updates Recommendations for HIV Treatment and Prevention

International Antiviral Society-USA Updates Recommendations for HIV Treatment and Prevention

The International Antiviral Society-USA Panel has updated its recommendations for the management and prevention of HIV infection, to reflect the most current data on new treatment regimens and strategies.

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.

Alcohol usage not linked to lower short-term CD4 cell count in HIV

Alcohol usage not linked to lower short-term CD4 cell count in HIV

Excessive alcohol consumption does not impact the decline of CD4 cell count in patients with HIV who have not undergone antiretroviral treatments.

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.

CDC: US cases of STDs exceed 2 million

CDC: US cases of STDs exceed 2 million

According to the report, 1.6 million cases were chlamydia, and there were 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and almost 28,000 primary and secondary syphilis cases.

Adolescents not seeking STD services due to confidentiality issues

Adolescents not seeking STD services due to confidentiality issues

Adolescents might not seek care or might delay seeking care for STD services because of concerns about confidentiality, including fears that their parents might find out.

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.

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Taking PrEP before and after sex reduces HIV risk for MSM

Taking PrEP before and after sex reduces HIV risk for MSM

Men who have sex with men can reduce their risk of contracting HIV by taking PrEP before and after sex instead of every day.

More people at risk for HIV need PrEP prescriptions, says CDC

More people at risk for HIV need PrEP prescriptions, says CDC

The CDC said that too few Americans who have an increased risk for HIV are taking the PrEP pill to help protect them against HIV.

CDC reports increases in rates of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea

CDC reports increases in rates of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea

In 2014, the CDC reported the highest number of cases of chlamydia ever. These increasing rates are fueled by the population of gay and bisexual men.

Congenital syphilis rates on the rise, says CDC

Congenital syphilis rates on the rise, says CDC

The rate of babies born with syphilis rose sharply from 2012 to 2014, and in 15% of congenital syphilis cases, the mothers were never tested during pregnancy.

Ahead of violent conflict, HIV transmission is high

Ahead of violent conflict, HIV transmission is high

The study tracked HIV incidence statistics in 36 sub-Saharan countries from 1990 through 2012 and correlated them with periods of conflict and peace in each country.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV effective for transgender women

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV effective for transgender women

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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have found that pre-exposure prophylaxis can be effective in preventing HIV in transgender women when used consistently.

Engineered DART molecules target HIV-infected cells to eliminate viral reservoirs

Engineered DART molecules target HIV-infected cells to eliminate viral reservoirs

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Molecules engineered to target killer T cells and HIV-infected cells can reduce detectable HIV expression in HIV-positive patients.

More evidence suggests daily PrEP reduces HIV transmission

More evidence suggests daily PrEP reduces HIV transmission

HIV-negative gay men are less likely to contract HIV with daily pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Daily Truvada prevents HIV infection in high-risk patients

Daily Truvada prevents HIV infection in high-risk patients

Over more than two years, none of 657 patients contracted HIV while taking Truvada, though some contracted other STDs.

Obtaining a sexual
 history in MSM

Obtaining a sexual
 history in MSM

Understanding the nontraditional terminology used by men who have sex with men will help form a successful patient-provider relationship.

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.

Tenofovir gel reduces risk for genital herpes simplex

Tenofovir gel reduces risk for genital herpes simplex

Pericoital application of tenofovir gel, previously studied for HIV, linked to reduced risk of herpes infection.

HPV vaccination is lagging among U.S. adolescents

HPV vaccination is lagging among U.S. adolescents

Approximately 40% of girls and 60% of boys aged 13 to 17 have not received the HPV vaccine.

UTIs, STIs in women are often misdiagnosed in ERs

UTIs, STIs in women are often misdiagnosed in ERs

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In emergency rooms, UTIs are overdiagnosed while STIs are underdiagnosed in women.

Chlamydia screening decreases with updated Pap test guidelines

Chlamydia screening decreases with updated Pap test guidelines

Since the new Pap test guidelines have been established, rates of chlamydia screening have dropped.

One and two doses of HPV-16/18 vaccine as effective as three

One and two doses of HPV-16/18 vaccine as effective as three

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The Cervarix vaccine may be as effective in one or two doses as it is with three.

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