The incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is increasing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At any given time, there are an estimated 110 million sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is transferred through the blood, with most cases of infection resulting from drug use and sharing needles.
Baby boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — make up 80 percent of all chronic hepatitis C cases in the United States, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Hepatitis C can be a short-term condition for some people, but for 70–85 percent, it becomes a chronic, long-term infection.
Doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual activity may prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. With 1 million STIs acquired daily, STIs are a huge global burden. In addition, increased and growing rates of STIs are reported in MSM despite pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. “Clearly we need to reverse this disturbing trend,” said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “The CDC cannot do this alone and we need every community in America to be aware that this risk is out there and help educate their citizens on how to avoid it.”
Lisa, A 20 year old female patient presents with 2 sexual partners in the past 8 months with which she has had unprotected sex. She has never had a pap exam. She presents to review STD screening with the KnowNOW doctor. She describes normal menstruation yet has been spotting between periods. She denies any vaginal discharge, pain during sex or any genital sores.
Jeremy presented to the KnowNOW website with a sore on his penis for one week. Stan has had three sexual partners in the past year. He states not using condoms with his last partner 3 weeks ago. He had penile-rectal sex. Jeremy had an HIV test two months ago that was negative.