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TPOXX Is the Only Monkeypox Treatment -- If You Can Get It

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- What if a rare viral illness with the potential to cause excruciating pain was in fact treatable, but the only drug for that use was nearly impossible to get, despite being in plentiful supply?

That is precisely the dilemma now confronting thousands of

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  • August 10, 2022
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  • FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing Smaller Doses

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay) -- As at-risk Americans stand in long lines across the country, trying to get the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced they will modify dosing instructions for the shot to help stretch the supply.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that ins...

    When Treating Cervical Lesions, Adding HPV Vaccine Could Further Curb Cancer Risk

    FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Most sexually active people will contract the human papillomavirus (HPV) during their lifetimes, and about 90% will clear it from their bodies. But some women are susceptible to the cervical lesions that infection brings, raising their risk for cervical cancer.

    U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

    The Biden Administration on Thursday declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move intended to dramatically ramp up the fight against the spread of the virus.

    “We're prepared...

    'Unbearable': 3 Patients Tell of Monkeypox Ordeal

    What do a small business owner in the American Midwest, a corporate manager in Sao Paolo and a real estate lawyer in London all have in common?

    All three are gay men. And though they're scattered across three continents, each has joined the ranks of more than 21,000 patients across 79 countries who are waging unexpected battles against a rare viral infection,

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 1, 2022
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  • San Francisco, N.Y. State Declare Monkeypox Public Health Emergencies

    Both San Francisco and New York state declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, as they struggle to gain access to more resources to help contain the spread of the virus.

    About 40% of the 4,907 monkeypox cases recorded in the United States have been

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 29, 2022
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  • Current Monkeypox Outbreak Is Showing Different Symptoms

    The monkeypox illness now spreading around the globe is showing some symptoms that are very different from those seen in previous outbreaks, a new study shows.

    These unique symptoms include rectal pain, penile swelling, solitary lesions and swollen tonsils, researchers report in the July 28 issue of the

    As Monkeypox Cases Spike, U.S. Orders More Vaccine, Boosts Testing

    With monkeypox cases continuing to climb in the United States, federal health officials said Friday they have ordered another 2.5 million doses of monkeypox vaccine and boosted national testing capacity to respond to the outbreak.

    The news comes not a moment too soon, as demand for the vaccine outstrips supply and clinics in some American cities run out of supplies almost as soon as they ...

    Demand for Monkeypox Vaccine Overwhelms U.S. Cities

    As monkeypox cases continue to climb worldwide, demands for vaccines to combat the virus are crashing the vaccine appointment system in New York City.

    The city of over 8 million people has been running out of supplies almost as soon as they arrive, the Associated Press reported.

    City health officials acknowledged the frustration over the limited vaccine supply and said the...

    Recent Monkeypox Symptoms Differ From Those of Prior Outbreaks

    The symptoms of patients with monkeypox in the United Kingdom differ from those in previous outbreaks of the virus, a new study shows.

    It said there have been fewer reports of fever and tiredness while reports of skin lesions in the genital and anal areas have been more common.

    Location of the lesions suggests transmission during intimate contact, and researchers called for more res...

    CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

    One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.

    Twenty-four cases of meningitis (

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 22, 2022
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  • No Change in Recent Decades in Infertility Rate for Women

    After years of decline, infertility rates among U.S. women have held steady in the past decade or so, a new study finds.

    The reasons behind the stall are unclear. But researchers said rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and unequal access to reproductive health care could be factors.

    U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

    More and more of America's teens are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), new research indicates.

    Between 2015 and 2020, the study found, the percentage of 13- to 17-year...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Now at 21, Two Strains Identified

    The number of known U.S. monkeypox cases has increased to 21 in 11 states, federal health officials announced Friday.

    The cases are also concentrated largely among gay or bisexual men, with the virus apparently transmitted as a result of intimate skin-to-skin contact, according to a new report published June 3...

    HPV 'Herd Immunity' Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Women

    Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has spurred a widespread reduction of infections among young Americans - including those who are unvaccinated, a new government study finds.

    The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the impact of the nation's HPV...

    Underwear That Guards Against STDs During Oral Sex? FDA Says Yes

    The first underwear meant to protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

    Lorals -- which are available as bikinis or shorties -- are made of vanilla-flavored latex about as thin as condom material and form a s...

    U.S. STD Cases Spiked During Pandemic

    Even as the COVID-19 pandemic kept people isolated at home, sexually transmitted disease (STDs) cases increased across the United States.

    Although cases fell in the pandemic's early months, infections rose again by the end of 2020, with gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis surpassing 2019 levels,...

    Study Finds Just One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough

    A single dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine provides as much protection against cervical cancer as the standard three-dose regimen, a new study finds.

    "These findings are a game-changer that may substantially reduce the incidence of HPV-attributable cervical cancer, and positions single-dose HPV vaccination as a high-value and high-impact public health intervention that is within ...

    STDs May Be More Common Than Thought Among U.S. High School Kids

    Too few sexually active teens are getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new report by U.S. health officials.

    In all, just 20% of sexually active high school students said they were tested for an STD - now called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - in the past year, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    FDA Approves First Condom Designed for Anal Sex

    The first condom specifically designed to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections during anal sex has been approved for sale in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    The One Male Condom can also be used to help reduce the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during vaginal intercourse.

    When having ana...

    First Shots Given in Trial of Moderna's mRNA-Based HIV Vaccine

    Vaccinations have been given to the first volunteers in a Phase 1 trial of Moderna's experimental HIV vaccine, the company has announced.

    The vaccine uses mRNA technology -- similar to that utilized in breakthrough COVID vaccines -- to deliver HIV-specific antigens that could trigger an immune response against the virus that causes AIDS, the company said in a

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  • FDA Approves First Injection Regimen for HIV Prevention

    The first injection drug to prevent HIV infection was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

    "Today's approval adds an important tool in the effort to end the HIV epidemic by providing the first option to prevent HIV that does not involve taking a daily pill," Dr. Debra Birnkrant, director of the Division of Antivirals in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Rese...

    Throat Cancers Tied to HPV Are Rising Among U.S. Men, Women

    You might have heard a lot about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its role in cervical cancer, but this sexually transmitted virus can also cause another type of cancer.

    Rates of oropharyngeal cancer, which occurs in the middle part of the throat, are rising rapidly among older men throughout the United States. They're also growing among women in the Southeast and Midwest.

    Investi...

    Biden's New HIV/AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Roadblock to Victory

    Racism is "a public health threat" that must be tackled to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Biden administration said Wednesday in announcing its new strategy to fight the disease.

    Over generations, “structural inequities have resulted in racial and ethnic health disparities that are severe, far-reaching, and unacceptable," according to the strategy released on World AIDS Day, the ...

    Could a Single Dose of the HPV Vaccine Be Enough?

    Women getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) now need two or three shots, but an African clinical trial suggests a single dose is just as effective.

    The finding could speed up the immunization process in developing countries with high levels of HPV-related cancers and protect many more women more quickly.

    "These findings are a gamechanger that may s...

    HPV Vaccination Rises in States That Don't Require Parental Consent

    When young people are allowed to give their own consent for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, vaccination rates are higher, new research shows.

    The new study suggests that allowing teens to consent without parental involvement could be an important strategy for boosting HPV vaccination rates. This consent is already a policy in several U.S. states.

    While researchers can't say def...

    A Woman May Have Rid Herself Naturally of HIV -- But How?

    Researchers have identified a second HIV-positive person whose body might have naturally cleared the infection -- sparking hope that studying such exceedingly rare events will help lead to a cure.

    The researchers cautioned that they cannot prove the woman has fully eradicated the virus from her body, in what's known as a "sterilizing" cure.

    But in exhaustive tests of over 1.5 billio...

    U.S. Adolescents Are Getting Less Sex Education Now Than 25 Years Ago

    Sex Ed -- it's been a staple of public education for decades, but new research shows that only half of American teens are getting instruction that meets minimum standards.

    "The findings show that most adolescents are not receiving sex education that will enable them to manage their sexual lives," said study author Leslie Kantor, chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at Rut...

    HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

    Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

    HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the time, the immune system clears the infection. But some strains of HPV become persistent in a minority of people -- and, over time, may lead to certain cancers.

    In ...

    Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

    The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

    Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the disease has seen a resurgence in recent years -- and 2020 was no exception, say researchers with the U.S. Centers for Di...

    Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

    When the antiretroviral regimen known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, was launched nearly a decade ago, patients were suddenly able to achieve near-complete protection against contracting HIV by taking just one pill a day.

    But there's a big hitch: Not everyone is equally diligent about sticking to that once-a-day daily pill regimen, and when doses are missed PrEP's protective shield...

    After Testing Fell During Pandemic, Is a Surge in STDs Ahead?

    There was a sharp drop in testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that could translate into a future rise in cases, researchers say.

    "The quickest way for people to spread STIs is to not know that they have one," said study author Casey Pinto, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicin...

    Researchers Develop First App-Based Rapid Gonorrhea Test

    Researchers say they have developed a rapid test for gonorrhea that could help reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.

    The test consists of an inexpensive, portable device and a cellphone app that will diagnose gonorrhea in less than 15 minutes. It can also determine whether the strain of the infection will respond to frontline antibiotics.

    "Our portable, inexpensiv...

    4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

    Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle in 2019 and early 2020, researchers found that 42...

    America's STD Rate at Record High Again: CDC

    There's another epidemic sweeping the United States: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    Statistics for 2019 -- the latest data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- show that STD rates in the United States hit a new high again for the sixth straight year.

    In 2019, nearly 2.5 million Americans had an infection of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, t...

    HPV Infections Are Plummeting Due to Widespread Vaccination

    Fifteen years of widespread vaccination of U.S. children with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is reaping big rewards: A more than 80% drop in new infections has been seen in women and girls under the age of 25.

    That could mean an equally big drop to come in a host of dangerous conditions that are linked to HPV infection, including cancers of the cervix, anogenital area and mouth/th...

    Vaginal Ring Could Shield Women From HIV for 3 Months at a Time

    A vaginal ring that slowly releases an antiviral medication could protect women against HIV for up to three months, a preliminary trial suggests.

    It assessed two formulations of a vaginal ring that releases the antiretroviral dapivirine in the vagina over the course of 90 days. One version contained 100 milligrams (mg) of dapivirine and the other contained 200 mg.

    The trial was cond...

    1 in 5 Americans Has an STD: CDC

    According to 2018 data, one in five people in the United States probably carries a sexually transmitted infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

    On any given day in 2018, nearly 68 million people had a sexually transmitted disease, according to the new CDC report. There were 26 million new cases that year. The agency refers to these diseases -- such as HIV, sy...

    Study Outlines Role of Oral Sex in Rare Throat, Mouth Cancers

    People who began having oral sex at a young age or at greater "intensity" may face an increased risk of a type of throat cancer, a new study finds.

    The study, published online Jan. 11 in the journal Cancer, focused on oropharyngeal cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The sexually transmitted infection can, in a small number of people, become persistent and lead to cancer...

    HPV Vaccination Rises Among U.S. Kids, But Many Still Unprotected

    More U.S. kids are getting a recommended vaccine that protects against several cancers -- but there is still much room for improvement, a new study finds.

    At issue is the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain strains of HPV are sexually transmitted, and some of those are "high risk" -- meaning that if the immune system does not clear the infection, it can eventually lead...

    Cost Puts HIV-Preventing PrEP Out of Reach for Many

    The daily drug regimen known as PrEP is a nearly foolproof way to prevent HIV infection. But a new study suggests that many high-risk Americans may be giving the medication a pass because of cost.

    The warning stems from a pricing analysis that tracked about 2.6 million PrEP prescriptions filled between 2014 and 2018.

    The researchers found that during that time frame, PrEP pr...

    Did Columbus Really Introduce Syphilis to Europe?

    Explorer Christopher Columbus, long blamed for bringing syphilis to Europe from the New World, may have gotten a bad rap, new research suggests.

    Researchers have uncovered traces of the bacteria that causes syphilis in archaeological human remains from Finland, Estonia and the Netherlands that predate Columbus' explorations. The findings were recently published in the journal Curre...

    Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

    Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.

    The low-cost drug has been out of use amid concern that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea was becoming resistant to it.

    In this study, 106 patients identified as having a gonorrhea strain called wild-type gyrA serine were cured with a single dos...

    Cold War Antiseptic May Be Valuable Germ Fighter

    A nontoxic antiseptic developed in the former Soviet Union may be a valuable weapon for fighting common infections, British researchers say.

    The drug, miramistin, was developed for the Soviet Space Program. While little known in the West, it blocks or kills flu, human papillomaviruses (HPV), coronaviruses, adenoviruses and HIV, according to University of Manchester scientists.

    ...

    Virus Found in Semen of COVID-19 Survivors - Is It Sexually Transmittable?

    Traces of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been found in the semen of some severely infected men, raising the possibility that the virus might be sexually transmitted, a new study from China claims.

    Researchers found evidence of the virus in six men out of a group of 38 COVID-19 patients at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China who provided samples.

    The six men included four who...

    Interventions Boost Abstinence, Condom Use Among Black Teens: Study

    Sexual health programs appear to help increase condom use and abstinence among black American teens, researchers say.

    They analyzed data from 29 studies that examined the effect of school- and community-based programs on nearly 12,000 teens.

    "We focused on black adolescents because they face greater health disparities when it comes to the risk of unplanned pregnancy and cont...

    One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Protect Against Cervical Cancer

    A single dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine works as well as multiple doses to protect older teen girls against preinvasive cervical disease, which can develop into cervical cancer, researchers say.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 133,000 females aged 9 to 26. Half weren't vaccinated and half received one or more HPV vaccine doses between January...

    'Hey, What Is This?': Social Media, Not Docs, Increasingly Diagnosing STDs

    The HIV test came back positive and the patient, full of fear and denial, took to the STD forum on the popular social media site Reddit.

    "I'm really scared because they said my results showed 'HIV-1 Confirmation.' I have to go back and get another test but I'm wondering is the doc wrong, do you think I have HIV?" the person wrote.

    People worried that they have a sexually transm...

    STD Rates Continue to Rise in the U.S.

    STD rates in the United States are continuing a years-long climb -- including a sharp rise in the number of babies born with syphilis.

    A new government report finds that combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia reached an all-time high in 2018. Nearly 2.5 million cases of these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

    Experimental Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

    An experimental vaccine against genital herpes is extremely effective in mice, offering hope of human protection against an incurable sexually transmitted disease.

    The vaccine prevented transmission of the herpes simplex 2 virus to nearly all mice that received the shot, said lead researcher Dr. Harvey Friedman, a professor and immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman...

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