We have the tools to work against sexually transmitted infections, harmful “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ teens, and sexual assault on college campuses. Now, we just have to use them.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that both men who have sex with men and young people are disproportionately affected by chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
More infants are being born with syphilis in the United States due to rising rates of infection among women, as well as gaps in prenatal care.
The Department of Defense found that there has been a 41 percent increase in syphilis cases among active service members since 2010. A report from the agency suggests the military should create targeted prevention campaigns.
The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that rates of HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis are up across the state. Though media reports focused on the role of hook-up apps, such as Tinder and Grindr, the department attributes the rise to both better testing and a host of high-risk behaviors.
A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasing in states and localities across the United States.
A cluster of cases on the West Coast in which syphilis has infected patients’ eyes, and in some instances caused blindness, should serve to remind us that even curable STDs can cause serious complications.
Most states have rescinded their requirements that brides and grooms be tested for STDs, but one Oklahoma lawmaker would like to reverse this trend.
As data emerges showing that syphilis rates are up yet again, the FDA has granted a waiver allowing a rapid test for the infection to be conducted in doctor’s offices, clinics, emergency rooms, maternity wards, and other non-laboratory settings. Experts hope that access to immediate results can increase both treatment and prevention and stem the tides of this growing epidemic.
The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a looming public health crisis. Last week, the White House simultaneously released a national strategy, a report, and an executive order from the president that takes aim at this issue.