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Adding in Prescription for Partner Boosts STD Care
June 13, 2017
States that let doctors prescribe drugs to treat chlamydia or gonorrhea in both partners when only one makes an office visit have lower rates of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new U.S. study finds.

Privacy Concerns Prevent Some Youth from Getting STD Tests
March 9, 2017
One of every eight sexually experienced teenagers and young adults on their parents’ health insurance plan said they would not seek out sexual or reproductive healthcare advice because their parents might find out, CDC researchers found. Overall, 12.7% of these adolescents ages 15-17 and young adults ages 18-25 had these confidentiality concerns.

Study Suggests STI Testing and Treatment as Part of PrEP Care May Reduce Bacterial STIs among Gay and Bisexual Men
February 15, 2017
A joint modeling study by The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that for gay and bisexual men, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, along with testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI), can reduce not only HIV, but also some STIs, even in the presence of some reductions in condom usage.

Reported STDs at Unprecedented High in the U.S.
October 16, 2016
Total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers Design Nasal Vaccine to Protect Against Chlamydia
July 20, 2016
For the first time, researchers have designed what they say is an effective chlamydia vaccine that can be administered nasally. Preliminary findings from animal studies conducted at McMaster University in Canada suggest the test may show promise.

At Least 75% Of Patients Who Test Negative For Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Still Get Antibiotics For Symptoms
June 9, 2016
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are two sexually transmitted diseases that can be treated with antibiotics either orally or by injection. New research found that more than 75%of patients treated with these antibiotics actually tested negative for these diseases.

CDC Sees ‘Alarming’ Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
November 17, 2015
“Certainly, this is the first time since 2006 that all three of our notifiable sexually transmitted diseases have increased, [and] some of the increases are quite alarming,” reports Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of the Division of STD Prevention at the CDC.

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Materials Now Available
September 3, 2015
In June, the CDC published its updated Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015. CDC has developed several resources for clinicians based on the Guidelines including a wall chart, pocket guide and treatment mobile app.

The Role of Behavioral Counseling in Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention
August 27, 2015
A new study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, reviewed analyses of existing behavioral counseling interventions that could be feasible in clinical settings, and found that behavioral counseling would likely benefit clinic patients.

Impact of Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines on Screening for Chlamydia
July 30, 2015
Changes made in 2009 that increased the recommended age of cervical cancer screening may be causing some young women to miss out on screening for chlamydia.

Chlamydia Screening ‘Easier And Cheaper’ With New DNA Smartphone Test
July 30, 2015
Researchers have created a simple smartphone DNA test that they say can accurately detect chlamydia – the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the US.

CDC Report Finds Chlamydia Rates Increasing among Teen Girls
October 31, 2014
A new CDC report has found that chlamydia infection increased by an average of 3.3% per year from 2005-2012 among females aged 15-19. In women aged 20-24 years, the rate of chlamydia has also demonstrated no sign of decline.

How Some Parents Could Learn Adult Daughters’ Birth Control Habits
October 2, 2012
The Affordable Care Act removes one of the big barriers to contraception for many young women: cost. But if young women don’t feel confident that the care they will receive is confidential, they may not take advantage of it.

Guttmacher Report: Confidentiality for Individuals Insured as Dependents: A Review of State Laws and Policies
July 1, 2012
This report reviews state-level legal requirements related to confidentiality in private insurance, including state statutes and regulations that can abrogate confidentiality and the steps some states have taken to protect confidential access to care.