As a pill for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
The US has launched a powerful new weapon in the long-running battle against sexually transmitted infections: A decades-old antibiotic has been repurposed as a preventive pill.
wAshington. (AFP)- The United States is ready to deploy a powerful new weapon in the long-running battle against sexually transmitted infections: A decades-old antibiotic has been repurposed as a preventive pill.
DoxyPEP, or doxycycline, used as post-exposure prophylaxis, significantly reduces the risk of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis when used after sex without a condom.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is developing national guidance for doctors, has to control record rates of sexually transmitted infections affecting millions of Americans in the face of the prospect of creating more strains resistant to antibiotics. need to be considered.
“Innovation and creativity are critical in public health, and more tools are desperately needed,” Jonathan Mermin, a senior CDC official, told AFP.
But the recommendations, to be published this summer, will be limited in scope.
They are likely to target only the highest-risk groups of gay men and transgender women with a history of prior infection.
As word spreads, some clinics are already prescribing DoxyPEP.
Malik, a 37-year-old man in Washington, said his doctor recently told him he could start using doxycycline as a “morning-after pill” for risky sex, something he’s had to do twice , even if your partner hasn’t given a warning. You know the condom has been removed.
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