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CDC May Soon Recommend Use of Popular Antibiotic to Prevent STIs

Only certain STIs, and only among certain at-risk groups, however

(Newser) - There's now a "morning after" pill, of sorts, for the prevention of certain STIs within certain groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday posted a draft recommendation of guidelines for health care providers; under the new guidance, doctors would be advised to consider prescribing a...

A Known Antibiotic Could Be a Fierce Weapon in STI Fight

Doxy-PEP has shown promise at preventing new infections in studies involving men

(Newser) - The inexpensive antibiotic doxycycline has been around for years—but new research indicates it may be more versatile than previously known. NPR reports that when taken within 72 hours of condomless sex, studies have shown that doxy-PEP (that's short for post-exposure prophylaxis) may protect against contracting sexually transmitted infections....

This State Saw 900% Spike in Newborn STD
'Kind of a Shock'
on Newborns
in Mississippi
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'Kind of a Shock' on Newborns in Mississippi

There were 10 babies with congenital syphilis in the state in 2016; in 2021, 102, per analysis

(Newser) - Mississippi, the nation's poorest state , already claims the worst infant mortality rate in the US. Now, more bad news for newborns there: The number of babies treated for congenital syphilis—meaning the infection is passed down from mother to baby during gestation—spiked 900% over five years, rising from...

Doctors Are Very Worried About a New Strain of Gonorrhea

Strain highly resistant to antibiotics has been detected in the US for the first time

(Newser) - Health authorities say they're very concerned about a new strain of gonorrhea that has been detected in the US for the first time. The strain, found in two Massachusetts residents with no known connection to each other, showed resistance to every kind of antibiotic used to treat the bacterial...

Moment of Passion Leads to Odd Car Insurance Claim
Unusual STD Case Takes
a Turn in Geico's Favor
UPDATED

Unusual STD Case Takes a Turn in Geico's Favor

For now, ruling that insurer owes woman $5.2M is overturned

(Newser) - Geico is at least temporarily off the hook in a bizarre case involving an STD. A woman in Missouri sued the company after she contracted HPV, human papillomavirus, in the car of a man who was insured by the company. This week, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned a lower court'...

This Nation to Make Condoms Free for Anyone 25 and Under

They'll be available to young people, even minors, in pharmacies across France starting Jan. 1

(Newser) - Young people of France, rejoice—you're about to start the new year with free condoms. President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, starting Jan. 1, anyone up to and including 25 years of age will be able to find the rubber contraceptive device at no charge in pharmacies across the...

At-Home Tests to Follow Spike in STDs

Rate of syphilis cases at highest in three decades

(Newser) - Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases—including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year—are prompting US health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. "It is imperative that we ... work to rebuild, innovate, and expand (STD) prevention in the US,"...

Syphilis Killed More Than 150 US Babies Last Year
Pandemic Didn't Stop Rise
in STDs. Babies Suffered
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Pandemic Didn't Stop Rise in STDs. Babies Suffered

Congenital syphilis is up more than 200% from 2016

(Newser) - The pandemic didn't change the trajectory of the years-long rise in sexually transmitted diseases in the US, according to a CDC report released this week, and it has had tragic consequences for babies. The CDC says congenital syphilis—syphilis passed from mother to fetus—led to 149 infant deaths...

This Rare STD Can Make Genitals 'Rot Away'

UK doctors warn of nasty donovanosis, which remains rare in developing countries

(Newser) - Doctors in the UK are warning about a rising number of cases of a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genitals to "rot away." Donovanosis, caused by the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis and spread through unprotected sex or other skin-to-skin contact, doesn't eat the skin but is often...

Coronavirus's Effect on Sexual Health Could Last for 'Years'

Experts worry people aren't being tested for STDs

(Newser) - Health experts in Canada are warning about the threat of sexually transmitted infections, which might be overlooked amid the coronavirus pandemic. Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea infections have been on the rise globally for the last decade, per the CBC . Politico reports nine of the 10 Canadian provinces had declared STI...

New Charges Against R. Kelly: He Hid STD From Minor

2 new women are named in cases out of New York

(Newser) - Legal woes just increased for R. Kelly , with a slew of new federal charges lobbed against him in New York. TMZ cites legal documents that show the 53-year-old was slammed with a new indictment from the Eastern District of New York tied to two new alleged victims, with charges including...

The Horror of Herpes? It's Way Overblown
The Horror of Herpes?
It's Way Overblown
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The Horror of Herpes? It's Way Overblown

Writer at Slate explains how the 'generally harmless skin condition' became stigmatized

(Newser) - Genital herpes is a common ailment, a fact that wouldn't surprise most people. But in a story on the STD at Slate , LV Anderson lays out another fact that might: "It is, for the vast majority of people, no big deal." And yet, herpes simplex virus 2,...

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice STD Numbers, America

CDC: Gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia on the rise in the US for 5th year in a row

(Newser) - A big number out of the CDC on Tuesday, and it's not a good one: The health protection agency says there were 2.4 million infections diagnosed and reported from three sexually transmitted diseases in 2018, the "most cases" ever documented in a one-year span, per a CDC...

STDs Set New Record in US
STDs Set New Record in US

STDs Set New Record in US

Number of new diagnoses in 2017 beats 2016's record by more than 200K

(Newser) - A record has been set in the US, but not one to celebrate: Almost 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed last year—more than 200,000 over the record set in 2016, per the CDC in a report released Tuesday. One CDC director says there...

'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

Rise in STDs accompanied 30 stillbirths caused by congenital syphilis in 2017

(Newser) - STDs are booming in California, with health officials worried about a 45% increase over the last five years. In 2017, there were 218,710 reported cases of chlamydia, the highest number since 1990, representing a 9% increase over 2016. There were another 75,450 cases of gonorrhea, the highest number...

New STD Cases at Record High in US—Again
STDs in US Are
'Out of Control'
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STDs in US Are 'Out of Control'

New cases hit record high for second year in a row

(Newser) - "STDs are out of control." So says the director of a coalition of state and local health departments aiming to prevent STDs after an alarming report from the CDC. It reveals the US saw a record number of new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis for the second...

They Were Injected With STDs. Now They Want Justice

Federal judge gives go-ahead for $1B lawsuit on 'Guatemala Experiment'

(Newser) - Nearly 850 victims and relatives are celebrating a "significant win" after a Baltimore federal judge allowed attorneys to proceed with a $1 billion lawsuit (initially dismissed last year) against Johns Hopkins University and others involving a 1940s offshore disease test. The Baltimore Sun reports on the "Guatemala Experiment,...

Victims of Horrific 1940s Study Still Wait in Pain

Slate describes their fight to get compensation

(Newser) - In 2010, Hillary Clinton was among those to apologize on behalf of the US for horrific medical experiments that government researchers performed on Guatemalans in the 1940s. More than 1,000 were infected with STDs without their consent and at least 83 died as researchers sought to prevent illness in...

They Kept Getting New Skin Cancer Spots. Then, a Vaccination

A new study suggests a possible link between the virus and skin cancers

(Newser) - He was in his 70s, she in her 80s. Both had had spots of skin cancer identified and removed, and both are the subjects of a very small study published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology that suggests the HPV vaccine could help protect against certain types of skin cancer. Previous research...

Study Suggests You Should Leave Your Pubic Hair Alone

Researchers see higher rate of sexually transmitted infections among groomers

(Newser) - People who groom their pubic hair regularly are more likely to have a sexually transmitted infection, say researchers in a new study. To be clear, the researchers aren't saying that the grooming itself helps lead to the STI, reports Live Science . While it's possible that's the case—...

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