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Studies Support Use of Daily Antibiotic to Prevent STDs in High-Risk Groups

It's long been known that popping the antibiotic doxycycline within 72 hours of a risky sexual encounter can greatly reduce a person's risk for a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 19, 2024
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  • CDC Supports Use of Antibiotic as 'Morning After Pill' to Stop STDs

    In new guidelines released Tuesday, U.S. health officials now recommend that certain people take the antibiotic doxycycline as a morning-after pill to lower the risk of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    The latest recommendations only apply to gay and bisexual men and transgender women who have had an STD in the past year and are at high risk of getting infected again. While pas...

    Syphilis Is Increasingly Displaying Atypical, Severe Symptoms

    Syphilis cases are on the rise in the United States, and doctors in Chicago say they are increasingly seeing cases that don't display typical symptoms, such as rash or skin ulcers.

    Instead, patients are presenting with headaches or disruptions in their vision or hearing, said a team...

    Climate Change Could Be Good News for Viruses Like COVID

    MONDAY, April 29, 2024 -- Climate change -- and closed windows -- could be aiding the spread of airborne viruses like the one that causes COVID-19, a new study suggests.

    Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and in indoor spaces appear to be a major factor in prolonging the life of COV...

    Screen Pregnant Women for Syphilis, Ob-Gyn Group Advises

    All expecting mothers should get a blood test for syphilis three times during pregnancy, new guidance issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends.

    The practice advisory calls on doctors to test for syphilis at a pregnant woma...

    Antibiotic After Sex Slashed STD Rates in Study

    Just one dose of the antibiotic doxycycline taken after sex halved the number of chlamydia and syphilis cases in San Francisco, promising new research shows.

    In the study, gay and bisexual men and transgender women who had a history of sexually transmitted infections or multiple sex partners were given a supply of the antibiotic and asked to take two 100-milligram pills within 72 hours of...

    Syphilis Rates Among Pregnant Women Have Tripled, CDC Data Shows

    Maternal syphilis rates have tripled in recent years, putting thousands of newborns at risk for infection, a new U.S. government report shows.

    Left untreated, syphilis can damage the heart and brain and cause blindness, deafness and paralysis. When transmitted during pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage, lifelong medical issues and infant death.

    In the new

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  • February 13, 2024
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  • 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 ...

    FDA to Import Syphilis Drug From France Amid Shortage

    Amid an ongoing shortage of the first-line treatment for syphilis in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow the importation of a different syphilis drug from a French drugmaker.

    In a letter from Laboratoires Delbert, the Paris-based company said it's working with the FDA to temporarily import 3.5 million ...

    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...

    In Michigan, 5 Women Contracted Syphilis Affecting the Eyes From the Same Asymptomatic Man

    In a disease cluster last year, one infected but asymptomatic man spread a rare form of syphilis that affects the eyes to five Michigan women, a new report finds.

    Since ocular syphilis remains very rare, researchers believe the strain of T. pallidum -- the syphilis bacterium -- that the man carried might have raised the risk for eye complications in his sex partners.

    The ma...

    Taking Antibiotic After Sex Could Slash Your Risk for an STI. Here's What to Know

    Data showing that the antibiotic doxycycline might prevent a sexually transmitted infection (STI) if taken soon after sex made headlines earlier this year.

    As surging numbers of cases of syphilis and gonorrhea affect more Americans, here's what you need to know about using the drug.

    "If you're actively having sex and not using con...

    U.S. Syphilis Cases in Newborns Rose 10-fold Over a Decade

    An old scourge, syphilis, is returning with a vengeance in the United States, affecting not only adults but also the most vulnerable -- newborns.

    Rates of congenital syphilis soared 10-fold between 2012 and 2022, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "The congenital syphilis crisis in the United States has skyrocketed at a hea...

    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...

    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...

    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.


    Many Teens Don't Realize STD Risks From Oral Sex: Poll

    Many American teens and young adults underestimate the risk of sexually transmitted infections from unprotected oral sex, and that's especially true of young men, a new survey shows.

    Doctors say oral sex can transmit herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer, and head and neck cancers.

    While there is an

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  • February 2, 2022
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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Meth Abuse Driving Big Spike in Syphilis Cases

    A startling increase in syphilis cases among Americans may be linked to addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs, federal health officials said Thursday.

    Between 2013 and 2017, the rate of syphilis infection among heterosexual men and women who use methamphetamine more than doubled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    "While we don't ...