FDA Moves to Ease Rules for Blood Donations from Gay Men
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving to further ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men and other groups that typically face higher risks of HIV. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced draft guidelines that would do away with the current three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men. Instead, all potential donors would be screened with a new questionnaire that evaluates their individual risks for HIV based on sexual behavior, recent partners, and other factors. If finalized, many gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships would be able to donate ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Perrone/AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Public Health wire Source Type: news

Substance Use Among Persons with Syphilis During Pregnancy - Arizona and Georgia, 2018-2021
This report describes the prevalence of substance use among person with syphilis during pregnancy. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 19, 2023 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Newborn Health Pregnancy Substance Use and Abuse Syphilis (Treponema pallidum Infection) Women's Health Source Type: news

Pregnant Women With Syphilis, Substance Use More Likely to Pass Infection to Babies
(MedPage Today) -- Pregnant patients with syphilis who used substances had a greater chance of passing the infection along to their baby compared with those without substance use, according to a CDC study conducted in Arizona and Georgia. From... (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 19, 2023 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Congenital syphilis as the cause of multiple bone fractures in a young infant case report - Koliou M, Chatzicharalampous E, Charalambous M, Aristeidou K.
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of multiple unexplained bone fractures in a young infant usually includes child abuse or bone disease such as osteogenesis imperfecta. Bone abnormalities can occur in 60-80% of cases with congenital syphilis and may b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Newfoundland pharmacies offering free STI testing, amid ongoing doctor shortage
HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis testing is being offered in certain pharmacies across Newfoundland as of Thursday. The tests are part of a research study to increase education about STDs and to encourage people to get tested. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

Newfoundland pharmacies offering free STI testing amid doctor shortage
HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis testing is being offered in certain pharmacies across Newfoundland as of Thursday. The tests are part of a research study to increase education about sexually transmitted and blood-borne illnesses and to encourage people to get tested. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador Source Type: news

CDC director slammed for calling " racist " Tuskegee study a " sacrifice "
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky sparked outrage on Wednesday after calling the notorious Tuskegee Syphilis Study a "sacrifice" from Black men. Ahead of a CDC event marking the 50th anniversary of the study's end on Wednesday, Walensky tweeted, "I will be…#directorrochelle #tuskegeestudy #rochellewalensky #tuskegeeexperiment #study #tuskegee #walensky #cdc #syphilis #notorioustuskegee (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 30, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea soar as Americans ditch condoms: Just 40% of men now 'wrap it up'
Chlamydia cases have more than doubled in the last 20 years, according to data from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). The pandemic is thought to have fueled the rise even further. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Men are using condoms less, even as syphilis and other STDs surge
The United States recorded nearly 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2021, more than doubling in the last two decades. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fenit Nirappil Source Type: news

Breaking point: securing the future of sexual health services
The report comes at a time when commissioners and providers of sexual health services have been making repeated calls to the government to address the long-term funding and capacity challenges across local authority commissioned sexual health services. In the context of the dramatic increases in syphilis and gonorrhoea diagnoses, the continued spread of antibiotic-resistant sexual infection, challenges accessing contraception and the evolving spread of Monkeypox, it is more important than ever to ensure that sexual health is prioritised and appropriately funded. The LGA and English HIV and Sexual Health Commissioners ' G...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data Sharing Can Reverse a Health Crisis
(MedPage Today) -- Congenital syphilis (CS), a preventable and potentially devastating disease passed during pregnancy, is increasing at an alarming pace in California and nationwide. If a pregnant mother diagnosed with syphilis does not receive... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 28, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Black Americans ’ COVID vaccine hesitancy stems more from today’s inequities than historical ones
Key takeaways:Doctors and distrust. Black Americans are more likely than whites to report poor interactions with their physicians.Not history but here and now. These personal experiences — rather than wrongs of the past — tend to heighten their distrust of the health care system and lead to skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccination rate in the Black community lagged well behind that of whites, a gap many in the media speculated was the result of fears based on historical health-related injustices like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.Butnew research by UCLA psychologists sho...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 27, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Monkeypox cases are plummeting. Scientists are debating why
When monkeypox cases in Europe began to decline this summer, researchers’ first question was: Is it real? Some worried that people might not be getting tested because of receding fears of the virus, coupled with strict isolation requirements for patients. “They might be reluctant to be confirmed and be told not to go out at all,” says Catherine Smallwood, monkeypox incident manager at the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Regional Office for Europe. But the decline is now unmistakable. WHO Europe, which reported more than 2000 cases per week during the peak in July, is now counting about 100 cases weekly....
Source: ScienceNOW - October 26, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Doctors turn to single pill for patients in fight to curb syphilis surge
San Francisco officials recommend using doxycycline despite concerns about resistance to common drugs (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - October 26, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctors turn to antibiotics after sex in fight against syphilis surge
San Francisco officials recommend using doxycycline despite concerns about resistance to common drugs (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - October 26, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news