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The CDC’s latest STI report also shows chlamydia rates are stable and gonorrhea has declined for the first time in a decade.
Doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis, or doxyPEP, did not prevent STI acquisition for cisgender women.
Syphilis increases a person’s chance of getting or transmitting HIV, and having HIV can make syphilis harder to treat.
CDC reports a tenfold rise in congenital syphilis over a decade, part of an overall increase in STIs.
A single dose of benzathine penicillin G worked as well as three doses for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people.
The federal agency recommends doxycycline after sex to reduce the risk of STIs among gay men and transgender women.
Watch members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) discuss their takeaways from a USCHA listening session.
U.S. syphilis incidence has increased since 2000, with an escalating toll in medically underserved populations.
Many presenters at the June meeting were members of American Indian communities and organizations serving them.
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.
If left untreated, syphilis can lead to severe health problems and even death.
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