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Only about half of people with a sexually transmitted disease would tell a new partner about their infection before having sex, a new review finds.

Fear prevents many people from revealing their STD to a new sex partner, according to the combined results of 32 previous studies.

Though not at numbers seen in the 2022 outbreak, mpox cases are still circulating in the United States, largely among gay and bisexual men, new government data shows.

According to the U.S. Cente...

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...

The central African nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is battling a record number of cases of mpox, fueled by a strain with a higher death rate than the variant that spread in Europe and America in 2022.

Getting the DRC outbreak under control, and containin...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a kit that will allow women to collect their own vaginal sample for HPV screening, a move that could increase early detection in those at risk for cervical cancer.

Women will be able to swab themselves in privacy at a doctor's office, clinic...

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...

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...

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...

A chlamydia vaccine has triggered immune responses in an early trial, raising hopes that one day it might help curb the spread of the sexually transmitted infection (STI).

There is currently no vaccine for chlamydia, which is the most common bacterial STI in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Vaccine protection against mpox fades quickly in the human immune system, even in people who've received the full two-dose regimen, a new real-world study shows.

Antibody levels fell to low or near zero within the first few months of getting the vaccine, unless the person had previously received a smallpox vaccine, scientists reported Saturday at the European Congress of Clinical...

A strain of highly antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea first emerged in China in 2016, and cases of this tough-to-treat infection have tripled there in just five years, Chinese researchers report.

It's a warning to the rest of the world, they said.

Strains resistant to the first-line treatment ceftr...

Mpox cases are climbing again in the United States, with the number of reported infections now twice as high as they were at this time last year, new government data shows.

In response, public health experts have raised alarms about the increase and stressed that vaccination rates against the disease need to improve.

"This has the potential to become a fairly prevalent infectious di...

A vaginal ring that emits the antiviral dapivirine has passed safety trials and could shield vulnerable women against HIV infection during pregnancy, a new trial shows.

"We now have data on the ring's safety during all stages of pregnancy,"said study leader Dr. Felix Mhlanga, a senior lecturer a...

An outbreak of mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) across Europe and North America made headlines in 2022.  

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2022 outbreak of mpox (formerly called monkeypox) in the United States involved 31,698 known cases and 56 deaths. G...

New research finds the 2022 mpox outbreak among gay and bisexual men began to slow down after just a few months -- even though just 8% of high-risk people had received the mpox vaccine.

That suggests that it was changes in gay and bisexual men's sexual behaviors, not the vaccine, that caused the outbreak to subside, researchers concluded.

"Once the mpox epidemic was recognized, beha...

Well-to-do American families are more likely than poorer families to increase their children's risk of cervical cancer by skipping the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a new study has found.

Nearly two-thirds of well-off parents (65%) do not intend to seek out the HPV vaccine for their teens, compared with 40% of disadvantaged parents, researchers report.

"Parents from socioecono...

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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  • 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. 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 ...

    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 there ...

    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...

    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," especial...

    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....

    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

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  • October 3, 2023
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  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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.

    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...

    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 be...

    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...

    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...

    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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    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...

    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 Thursday ...

    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

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  • March 15, 2023
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  • 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...

    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

    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 deli...

    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 in an ...

    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 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 BMJ -- may expla...

    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...

    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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  • 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...

    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...

    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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  • 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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