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Users of the over-the-counter test collect a urine or vaginal swab sample at home which is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
The federal agency recommends doxycycline after sex to reduce the risk of STIs among gay men and transgender women.
The federal government tackles sexually transmitted infections.
The new plan outlines federal actions to reduce the burden of sexually transmitted infections in the United States through 2025.
This approach does not work equally well for everyone.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis—including congenital syphilis—rose from 2020 to 2021.
The antibiotic doxycycline, taken within 72 hours after sex, prevented sexually transmitted infections among gay men and transgender women.
Doxycycline after sex reduces the risk of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis for gay men, and it does not appear to drive resistance.
Except for HIV tests, the FDA has not approved sexually transmitted infection test kits for use outside medical settings.
Plus: Over 10 prevention services related to hepatitis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections covered by the Affordable Care Act.
Taking the antibiotic doxycycline after sex can lower the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a recent study.
Doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis within three days after sex lowered the risk of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
Clinics that treat treat sexually transmitted infections are on the front lines of the rapidly growing monkeypox outbreak.
COVID-19 had an “immense impact” on HIV, hepatitis and STI screening, prevention and care.
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