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Women With HIV Age Faster, Study Shows

Women with HIV experience accelerated DNA aging, potentially leading to poorer physical function sooner in life than expected, a new study says.

Markers of aging measured in blood revealed that women with HIV age faster than their chronological age, according to results published in the

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  • February 16, 2024
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  • High-Risk Strains of HPV Could Raise Women's Odds for Heart Death

    Women are four times more likely to die from heart disease and six times more likely to die from stroke if infected with a high-risk strain of human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study warns.

    HPV already is known to cause most cervical cancers, and previous research has suggested that HPV infection might contribute to clogged arteries.

    But this is the first study to draw a link betwee...

    U.S. Syphilis Cases Continue to Climb

    U.S. cases of syphilis have soared past numbers seen just a decade ago, new government statistics show.

    The grim numbers are for 2022, the latest year for which an accurate tally is available.

    More than 202,000 cases were recorded among Americans that year -- a 17% rise over 2021 numbers and an 80% rise over numbers ...

    Many Closeted Gay Men Didn't Receive Mpox Care During Outbreak

    Too many closeted gay and bisexual men didn't receive treatment for infectious mpox during the recent global outbreak, a new report finds.

    It wasn't necessarily because they feared being outed if they sought care, experts said. Instead, these men's separation from the wider LGBT community may have meant they had less information on treatments.

    “I think the lesson here is that ther...

    STD Specialists Warn of Shortage of Vital Syphilis Drug

    As syphilis cases surge across America, a group representing the nation's STD specialists says members are reporting shortages of a drug essential to fighting the disease.

    In a survey from the National Coalition of STD Directors conducted in early November, 46% of sexu...

    COVID Pandemic Set Back U.S. Efforts to Fight HIV

    Here's another casualty of the pandemic: Gains made against another scourge, HIV.

    Progress made in fighting HIV/AIDS across all segments of society was eroded during the crisis, according to a report led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

    “Equity in HIV outcomes likely worsened during the pandemic, with decreased access to necessary care," espe...

    California Governor Rejects Bill to Provide Free Condoms to High Schoolers

    A California bill would have made free condoms available for high schoolers, but it was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom because of cost.

    California has a budget deficit of $30 billion, Newsom noted in his veto of Senate Bill 541....

    Despite New Long-Term Options, People Still Prefer Daily PrEP Pill to Prevent HIV

    New ways to deliver drugs that prevent infection with HIV are out there, but many people still prefer the standard daily PrEP pill, a new study shows.

    “The oral pill is very efficacious when people take it every day, and it really has the potential to curb HIV transmission in the country and play a key role in ending the HIV epidemic,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 3, 2023
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  • CDC Will Recommend an Antibiotic After Sex to Help Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is poised to recommend use of a powerful antibiotic to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

    On Monday, the CDC issued dr...

    In Mississippi, a Huge Jump in Cases of Babies Born With Syphilis

    The United States is experiencing an alarming wave of congenital syphilis, and one southern state saw a 1,000% rise in babies born with the infection between 2016 and 2022.

    The number of babies born with the infection in Mississippi rose from 10 in 2016 to 110 in 2022. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. Congenital syphilis occurs when an infected mother passes the dis...

    Study Confirms Effectiveness of Mpox Vaccine

    While it doesn't prevent infection altogether, new research shows the mpox vaccine does reduces the severity of disease in those who fall ill from the virus.

    An international team of scientists found that those people who had either mpox vaccination or a previous infection in 2022 had less severe disease.

    The researchers studied 38 mpox infections in 37 gay and bisexual men; among ...

    U.S. Kids' HPV Vaccination Rate Has Stalled

    For the first time in a decade, the rate at which American adolescents received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has not increased, new data show.

    Current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that both girls and boys receive t...

    Pfizer Warns of Shortage of Antibiotic Used to Fight Syphilis

    Infectious disease experts are warning that a shortage of a key antibiotic for treating the sexually transmitted infection syphilis could make it hard to fight the spread of the disease.

    The United States already has a big problem with syphilis, with cases rising for more than 20 years. Cases increased nearly 75% between 2017 and 2021 alone, bringing the number to more than 176,000 in 202...

    The Women's Health Screenings and Preventive Care Appointments You Need

    Health screenings and preventive care appointments are a key to maintaining long-term health and well-being. By proactively engaging in these practices, women can identify potential health risks early on and take necessary steps.

    This guide will outline the key women's health screenings and care appointments to help you prioritize your health and stay on top of your well-being.

    Mpox Virus Can Replicate on Surfaces for Days: Study

    Most cases of mpox are spread from skin-to-skin contact, but it is possible to catch the virus by touching a contaminated surface in a house or a hospital room, according to a new study.

    Researchers studying this found temperature made a difference. The virus could survive at room temperature on a surface for up to 11 days. At 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit), it could survive f...

    CDC Warns That Mpox Could Make a Summer Return

    Public health officials are urging people at risk of contracting mpox, the virus previously called monkeypox, to get vaccinated.

    They are concerned that a slowdown in infections since last summer may not continue.

    “There's a very real risk of there being a surge in mpox cases over the next few months. Most likely, it won't be anywhere near as big as it was last year, and that is ...

    WHO Declares Global Mpox Outbreak Over

    Cases of mpox around the world have dropped dramatically, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday to declare an end to the global health emergency.

    The virus is no l...

    Awareness That HPV Causes Cancer Is Ebbing Among Americans

    The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause a range of cancers, but public awareness of this grim fact is slipping in the United States, a new survey finds.

    While nearly 78% of respondents knew that HPV could cause cervical cancer in 2014, that dropped to about 70% in 2020, the investigators found.

    The common virus can also cause oral, anal, vaginal, vulva and peni...

    STDs Continue to Climb in the U.S.

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are surging in the United States, with notable increases seen in case counts of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

    Overall, STIs grew by 7% in 2021, reaching 2.5 million cases, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    'Morning After' Antibiotics Could Slash Odds for Common STDs

    A "morning after" dose of a common antibiotic can greatly lower the chances of sexually transmitted bacterial infections in high-risk people, a new clinical trial has found.

    Researchers discovered that taking the antibiotic doxycycline within 72 hours of unprotected sex slashed the risk of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis by two-thirds among gay and bisexual men and transgender women who...

    Low Vaccination Rates Put U.S. at High Risk of New Mpox Outbreaks

    U.S. public health officials want high-risk individuals who haven't been vaccinated for mpox — previously called monkeypox — to do so before a potential resurgence of the virus in the coming months.

    That surge could be worse than last year, federal modeling has found, but only about 23% of those at high risk for the virus have received vaccines, according to a report released Thursda...

    Looking for Accurate Info on Mpox? Maybe Avoid TikTok

    Don't rely on TikTok for accurate health information about mpox, the virus once known as monkeypox, a new study says.

    An international group of researchers who watched and analyzed videos about mpox on the social media site found them to be often inaccurate, incomplete and of poor quality. Study findings were published May 14 in

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 15, 2023
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  • U.S. Effort to Fight HIV Worldwide Has Brought Lifesaving Treatment to Millions

    Since it began in 2004, a global effort led by the United States to combat HIV has dramatically increased the number of people it helps, a new government report shows.

    In its report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the number of people receiving lifesaving HIV treatment through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has increased 300 tim...

    Morning-After Antibiotics May Help Curb STDs

    A common antibiotic taken shortly after sex by folks in high-risk groups may help stem the spread of some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    Using doxycycline about 72 hours after unprotected sex effectively prevented chlamydia and syphilis cases in men who have sex with men and in transgender women, research presented last month at the

    Rectal Pill May Give Days-Long Protection Against HIV: Study

    Could a quick-dissolving pill placed in the rectum prove to be an effective and safe “on-demand” way to prevent HIV infection among sexually active men and women?

    It might, new research indicates.

    The experimental form of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is designed to be placed directly into either the rectum or the vagina. In the new study, conducted among 21 men and women, it...

    U.S. to End Mpox Public Health Emergency in January

    Mpox cases are down significantly in the United States, prompting the federal government to plan not to renew an emergency designation for the virus when it expires late next month.

    “Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said i...

    On World AIDS Day, White House Announces Plan to End Epidemic by 2030

    The United States will renew its focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, with new funding and a five-year strategy, the White House said Thursday.

    The Biden administration announced its ambitious p...

    Monkeypox Can Be Passed On Even Before Symptoms Appear

    Monkeypox spreads even before a person shows any telltale lesions or other symptoms, a new study suggests.

    More than half of monkeypox transmission in the United Kingdom occurred in the pre-symptomatic phase, the researchers said.

    The new findings — published online Nov. 2 in the BMJmay exp...

    Monkeypox in Kids, Teens Is Rare and Seldom Severe: CDC

    Out of the more than 25,000 U.S. cases of monkeypox reviewed in a new study, just 0.3% occurred in people under the age of 18, new government data shows.

    Most of the kids and teens who contracted the virus -- 89% -- "were not hospitalized, none received intensive care unit [ICU]-level care, and none died," reported a team led by Ian Hennessee, with the Monkeypox Pediatric Working Group at...

    First Sex Activates Boost in Vaginal Immune Response, Study Finds

    A woman's body appears to go on high alert after she loses her virginity, a new study reports.

    Specifically, her immune system ramps up activity in her vagina following her first sexual intercourse, researchers found.

    However, researchers can't yet say whether these immune changes reduce or elevate a female's risk of acquiring a

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  • October 28, 2022
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  • ERs Seeing Huge Rise in Cases of Sexual Assault

    Victims of sexual assault are seeking treatment in U.S. emergency rooms in growing numbers, with University of Michigan (UM) researchers detecting a 15-fold increase between 2006 and 2019.

    Rapes and other forms of sexual assault occur every 68 seconds in the United States, and their number rose from 93,000 in 2006 to nearly 140,000 in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Federal Bureau o...

    As Clinics Providing Abortions Closed in Iowa, STD Rates Started Rising

    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, many states had already moved to limit abortion access by defunding family planning health centers.

    Unfortunately, these very same clinics offer a broad range of essential primary care services beyond abortion, including access t...

    Major Trial of Monkeypox Treatment TPOXX to Launch in Africa

    The ability of TPOXX to treat people infected with monkeypox is being directly tested in a new clinical trial in central Africa, U.S. health officials have announced.

    TPOXX — the antiviral drug tecovirimat — is only approved to treat

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  • October 17, 2022
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  • STD Cases Soar in US Amid Calls for Better Prevention Efforts

    Soaring numbers of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases have prompted U.S. public health experts to call for more prevention and treatment.

    This includes rising rates of syphilis and gonorrhea and

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • September 20, 2022
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  • U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    In Rare Cases, Monkeypox Can Trigger Dangerous Brain Inflammation

    Though the risk appears small, a new review suggests that, in rare instances, monkeypox may trigger serious neurological complications, including seizures and brain inflammation.

    The finding is based on a look at 19 studies conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom and across Africa.

    A...

    Second Person in U.S. Dies After Monkeypox Diagnosis

    A second person in the United States infected with monkeypox has died in California.

    As in the earlier case in Texas, public health officials are investigating what role the virus may have played in the death of this second patient.

    "We will be doing an autopsy. S...

    Monkeypox Can Harm the Heart

    Monkeypox, the contagious virus that causes a blister-like skin rash, may also cause heart problems, according to a new case study.

    In findings published Sept. 2 in JACC: Case Reports, doctors in Portugal described a 31-year-old patient with monkeypox who developed acute myocarditis about a week ...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Are Declining

    While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

    It is not the end of the outbreak, they warn.

    Cases are down about 40% in the United States, an NBC News analysis finds. The seven-day avera...

    A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

    Anyone who gets a new, unexplained skin rash should call their doctor and get medical care in case it's monkeypox, public health officials advise.

    How can you tell when it is time to worry?

    The American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for helping distinguish monkeypox from other health i...

    Small Study Supports TPOXX as Monkeypox Treatment

    The drug tecovirimat appears to be safe and effective for treating the symptoms and skin lesions of monkeypox, a small study suggests.

    Tecovirimat (TPOXX) is an antiviral drug for the treatment of smallpox. It works by limiting spread of the virus in the body. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has al...

    Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

    A survey conducted among American gay and bisexual men in early August found about half saying they'd cut down on sexual activity -- including one-night stands and app-based hookups -- in response to the global monkeypox outbreak.

    The survey, conducted online Aug. 5-15, was led by Kevin Delaney...

    Vaccines Have Slashed Rates of HPV Infection in Young American Women

    Back in 2006, doctors began recommending the first vaccine for the common sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), with the shots carrying the potential to lower the risk of certain cancers.

    Now, a new study shows the vaccine has been wi...

    Dog Contracts Monkeypox From Owners, Prompting Change to CDC Guidance

    Adding yet another wrinkle to the monkeypox outbreak, a new case study suggests that people can pass the virus on to their pet dogs.

    Therefore, people who are infected with the virus should avoid close c...

    Monkeypox May Get New Name to Curb Stigma

    Monkeypox could soon get a new name.

    The World Health Organization announced Friday that it plans to rename the condition to eliminate any derogatory or racist connotations, a decision in alignment with...

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

    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 monkeypox patients across the United States.

    "I was ...

    FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing Smaller Doses

    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 instead of sticking with a standard subcut...

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

    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.

    Now, a new review finds it's possible that during surge...

    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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