Photo 199955480 © Arne9001 |

Optimizing STI testing with vaginal swab sampling

Nov. 20, 2023
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates are continuing to increase, especially among young people in their teens and early twenties. From 2020 to 2021, we have seen rates rise...
By motortion on Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock 199310788

New strategies to tackle and end STIs epidemics

Sept. 16, 2022
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to cause high rates of infections worldwide.
Courtesy of CDC
Some studies show that vaginal swabs are more accurate than urine samples in detecting STIs, such as those caused by Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria, which is pictured here.

The role of the vaginal swab in providing comprehensive sexual healthcare for women

Sexual health is important for wellbeing and reproductive health, and includes the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of urogenital infections in women. However, ...
Image by Karin Henseler from Pixabay
Sperm 806391 1920

Abstaining from marijuana may improve epigenetic information in sperm

Sept. 28, 2021
While marijuana use may impact some genes linked to autism in men’s sperm, abstaining from cannabis consumption over time may significantly lower many of those effects, according...

Study finds key to Hepatitis C entry into cells

Sept. 27, 2021
In a new paper published in Nature, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), describe...
Image by flag from Pixabay
Test 670091 1280

USPSTF issues screening recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea

Sept. 15, 2021
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation on screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The task force recommends screening for these infections...

CDC updates guidelines for STIs

Aug. 3, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated treatment guidelines for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and said providers may consider opt-out screening...

At-home STI kit remains popular even as pandemic slows

June 28, 2021
When many social and healthcare service organizations had to shut their doors during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD...
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Screening for STIs decreased during COVID-19 pandemic

June 1, 2021
Screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) decreased by 63% for men and 59% for women during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new...
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Pixabay ashamed 4 15 21

STDs at record high for 6th year in a row

April 15, 2021
In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States was at a record high...