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.”